By Temi Joshua
The Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has told the Senate that it will take Nigeria the next twenty years to resolve insecurity.
He disclosed this on Thursday, when he and other immediate past Service Chiefs appeared and before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa, APC, Bauchi North led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as an Ambassadorial Nominee.
He said: “My state (Borno), is an epicentre, where this indoctrination has penetrated so deep. They (insurgents) have won the communities to their side. That is why they (communities) keep Boko Haram. So it is complex, it requires a whole of government approach to solve this, military action or activity is just one aspect.
“One mistake that we have been making is that only the military can solve this. It is not. There are political, social, economic aspects that need to be addressed.
“Development should be progressive, there should be roads everywhere, there should be employment, schools and hospitals all over.
“Yesterday, I counted five local government areas in Borno State that do not have good access roads.
“In northwest, north central, there are so many ungovernable spaces, which the insurgents are penetrating. The places don’t have schools, hospitals and so on and education is very fundamental.
“Unless these things are done, this insecurity will continue because the truth must be told. It may take another 20 years for the country to surmount the problem of Insurgency and that is the truth.”