Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has described those accusing him of corrupt enrichment as cyberspace terrorists.
He said he would defeat them like Boko Haram terrorists.
He spoke with reporters in Abuja yesterday.
Gen. Buratai said: “I am not supposed to comment on this, but for clarity sake, my take on the issue is that we have already defeated the terrorists on the land, and they have migrated to the cyberspace and internet, but I want to assure the Boko Harams that have migrated to the cyberspace, that we would follow them to the cyberspace and defeat them.”
He said that he was not deterred by “the campaign of calumny against” him and his office. He advised the media to always put national interest above personnal issues.
On the Chibok Girls, the COAS said: “You have been told that two of the Chibok girls have been rescued. The most important thing is that those who have been rescued were all abducted from Chibok, either in school or not. I know as it is now, the issue of the Chibok girls has been politicised, and we are not deterred by this politicisation of this issue. Our own task is professional, and we are working very hard to ensure that we rescue the girls whereever they may be. Anybody who we rescued is as important as the Chibok girls. We are gathering more information on where these girls are; they may have been scattered, or are in one place. Our aim is to ensure they are rescued, and every other person that is held hostage is rescued. We are still searching for them, and if they are alive, we would rescue them.”
The Army chief added that no territory of the country is under the control of the terrorists.
“When we say that the terrorists have been defeated and they are not holding any territory, have they come out to say that they holding any territory? None of them will claim that they are holding any territory. Secondly, if you see the land scape of the Northeast, it is very large.
Very many people are scattered in many communities, and they prefer to stay in their communities. Some of them are being terrorised in their locations because they prefer to stay in their communities. These terrorists would come at night to terrorise them, and go away later.
They will ensure that the people don’t give out such information to our troops that patrol the areas on regular basis. Until information gets to us, and we decide to liberate them from the hands of these terrorists. It is not that these people were held up in an organised areas. We have blocked all the roads of the terrorists, and they are no longer getting to these people in their communities.
We have information that they are moving out of these areas to other neighboring countries, and we are following them until they are routed away.
The Federal Government’s position is that no territory is under the seige of the terrorists. We conduct patrol daily and the Air force is always there to conduct air surveillance on all the areas. Though the people are still feeling unsafe, and that is where they need the government to re-assure them, and make sure they go back to their communities and establish themselves.”
Gen. Buratai said due process was followed in the retirement of officers of the Army. He hailed the courage of some of them that have decided to go to court, and said the Army would be ready at anytime to meet them in court.
He said the military would remain apolitical, and not allowing the recent statement on coup lie low, as anyone trying to destablise the democracy would be making a great mistake.
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