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Gowon Criticise President Buhari’s Boko Haram December Deadline

Valentine Chinyem



Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), on Tuesday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military over the December 2015 deadline, for ending the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Ex-President said this in Abakaliki after an advocacy visit to the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, on rolling back malaria and four other neglected tropical diseases – Elephantiasis, River Blindness, Soil transmitted Helminths and Bilharzia.

He said: “The war against the insurgency started during the administration of President Jonathan, and the military just before the election did a tremendous job fighting the group – which made it possible for elections to be conducted in North East. Since then, with the coming in of President Buhari, work is also being done until (Boko Haram) decided to be sending poor, little, innocent girls to do some of the crimes they engage in. But I can assure you that the insurgency would soon end. I have the confidence that very soon, with what (the Nigerian Military) are doing at the moment, the group would be flushed out.”

“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 am certain of this. You target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that to me is the most important thing.”

In his remark however, the State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Bernard Odoh said that sustainable development could not be achieved with such diseases ravaging the State and urged the group to decentralize the implementation of the advocacy process to enable the local government benefit from the programme.

He further urged indigenes of the State to always keep their environment clean, as such diseases spread through dirty environments.

More so, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, debunked claims in some quarters that there was a polio case in the State.