The Presidency has challenged all retired military and para-military officers in the country to come together and proffer solutions to the Boko Haram insurgency, expressing confidence that the insurgents will bow to their experience and ideas gathered over the years.
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Ethics and Values, Mrs. Sarah Jubril, who threw the challenge yesterday, pointed out that retired generals and military officers could not afford to remain in their comfort zones while the Boko Haram fighters gain more ground, overrunning towns and communities.
The presidential aide spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday at the commencement of a 21-day training on Linking Women and Youth for Sustainable Green Development and Income Generation through Agricultural Business.
The training, which had about 120 participants, was organised by the Islamic Green Club Empowerment Initiative in conjunction with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Ethics and Values.
In a statement emanating from her office, the presidential aide called on all retired generals in the military and paramilitary agencies to “congregate” at Gwoza where Boko Haram recently declared a caliphate, to reclaim the territory.
“Let them go there. They have enjoyed the best in this country and therefore, we want to see all the retired generals, officers in all the armed forces as well as the IGs, comptroller generals, top officials of immigration and all the heads of departments should congregate and let us see whether the Boko Haram are going to defeat our generals”, she said.