Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that “there is [a] likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years”.
His comments, in a Facebook post, come in the wake of the massacre by a Boko Haram faction of at least 43 people while they were working in a rice field in north-east Nigeria.
The militant Islamist group has been operating in the country for more than a decade.
Buratai made the remark on his verified Facebook handle few days after Boko Haram massacred rice farmers in Borno State.
According to the Army boss: “There is general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years.
“Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility.”