Boko Haram: Gowon Not Sure Military Can End Insurgency By December



Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has faulted the December deadline given the military to end the Boko Haram insurgency by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gowon, who said the armed forces will do its best to meet the December deadline, however maintained that nobody can confidently say when the military operation will end.

But the former head of state insisted that he has absolute confidence in the military ability to defeat the insurgents, Nation reports.


Gowon spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he led an advocacy visit to Governor David Umahi on malaria and four other neglected tropical diseases.

He said, “I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as a (former) Commander-in- chief, I know this.

“Yes, you can say you target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that is the most important thing.

“I assure you that I have absolute confidence in our military that they are going to really deal with the situation as they are doing at the moment.”

He expressed worry that the insurgents are now using underage and innocent children as suicide bombers.

“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace,” he added.

Gowon, who hailed the success recorded by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in the fight against Boko Haram noted that President Buhari’s administration has been working hard to wipe out the sect since assuming office in May 29.

See Also: Buratai Assures Of December Deadline For Boko Haram Demise As Sect Ramps Up Bombings

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