General Yakubu Gowon a former head of state to the Democratic Republic of Nigeria during the military regime has described the December deadline given the Nigerian military to get rid of Boko Haram as unrealistic.
He stated this in Abakaliki on Tuesday, October 27, when he led advocacy visit to Governor David Umahi on Malaria and four other neglected tropical diseases in the country.
Speaking at the visit, General Gowon said ridding the country of elements such as the Boko Haram terrorists is not a thing to set a deadline for. “I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as a Commander-in- chief, I know this.” he said
“Yes, you can say you targeted a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it 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”.
The elder statesman said it is worrisome that the terrorists are now using underage and innocent children as suicide bombers, adding that such move is harmful to the the progress and development of the nation.
“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace”, he prayed.