Buratai aims for a quick end to the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (rtd), has urged military authorities to speed up counter-insurgency operations to end the war in the Chad Basin region.

Buratai was speaking yesterday at the first international conference organized by the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Maiduguri.

He praised the military for their sacrifices and efforts against banned groups, stressing that the war should not be prolonged like the conflicts in Colombia and Sri Lanka.

He emphasized the fundamental role of military operations, which involve a combination of military intelligence, the Department of State Services (DSS), police and cooperation with local authorities in addressing the region’s security challenges.

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“We believe that the war should end in a very short time and not last as long as that in the countries of Columbia and Sri Lanka,” he said.

The former army chief said troops under his leadership had recaptured nine local government areas in Borno within five months.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, said the University of Maiduguri was resilient and resisted all attempts and pressure to close down despite four consecutive attacks by suicide bombers on the campus.

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