The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that the renewed high profile attacks of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast is as a result of the secret support the insurgent group is getting from some individuals.
Buratai who stated this at the sideline of a meeting with a security delegation from the Atlantic Council, African Centre in the United States of America, added that there is an urgent need for a renewed local and international support to end terrorism in the country and globally.
He said, “We have some elements who are within this society and are still supporting them clandestinely.
“So the support of every Nigerian is very key to the end of this terrorism,” he stated.
General Buratai noted that the role of the Nigerian Army in prosecuting the counter-terrorism crusade in the northeast has been misinterpreted by some people.
“There have been many misgivings on the role of the Nigerian Army as it relates to human rights abuses, rules of engagement (as well as) treatment of civilians and Internally Displaced Persons.
“Hence, the need to conduct an assessment on the threats of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria with emphasis on roles of (the) Nigeria Army has become imperative,” he said.