Former Nigeria’s Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against fixing a deadline for the crushing of Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking from Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, 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.”
“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace,” he said.
Mr. Gowon, who was the military leader during Nigeria’s civil war between 1967 and 1970, also appreciated Buhari that his government has done much since its coming to office in May, to wipe out the deadly group.
Gowon advised Nigerians to pray, as prayer is an alternative and the most effective weapon to defeat Boko Haram.
“With prayers, God will touch their hearts (Boko Haram) to change for better,” he added.