The Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (rtd) has told the Senate that it will take Nigeria the next 20 years to address the security challenges confronting the country at the moment.
Speaking on Thursday when he appeared before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa-led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as an Ambassadorial Nominee, Buratai said that it will take 20 years to address the insecurity that now holds sway in the country.
He noted that the intelligence capacity of the army was initially low, but now in a first-class state.
Speaking further, Buratai who noted that the warfare has permeated the society, said that they have won the communities to their side, adding that it requires a multi-pronged approach with military warfare as only one aspect.
He said, “The military alone cannot solve this. There should be hospitals, schools, roads and government presence in these communities. There are so many ungovernable spaces and until these spaces have government presence, it will not be resolved.”
The former Service Chiefs who were appointed ambassador designates have appeared for the screening which is still on going.
They are retired Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, former Navy Chief, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.
Recall that Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, killer herdsmen, kidnappers, among others, formed the security challenges in the country.