Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai has said that he is very sure that some politicians who lost in the last general elections are the ones sponsoring bandits and other criminal elements threatening the security of the country.
He stated this on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when he received the House chairman on Army, after laying wreaths for the fallen heroes, who died fighting insurgency in the North East.
He said, “The threat by Boko Haram is quite real, they have been dealt with but they are still much around. In terms of their various soft target attacks on some military locations, the terrorists are on the run but because of the resilient nature of terrorism they are always trying to score points to show that they are much around.”
On those behind the spate of banditry in the northwest and north central as well as other criminal activities across the country Buratai said, “There are myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the northwest, north central and other parts of the country.
“I want to believe and rightly so that with the fall out of the just concluded general elections, there are politicians who saw their defeat as a means of revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities and even banditry, clashes between the farmers and herders.
” In other words, there are strong political undertones and influences.”
Insecurity in Nigeria has continued to escalate with hardly any passed by without stories of bandits, Boko Haram, kidnappers and other criminal elements attacks.