The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has disclosed those sponsoring bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen in the country.
According to Sahara Reporters, Buratai said that he has strong evidence that politicians who were defeated in the 2019 general elections are the ones behind the criminality happening in the country as a way to revenge for not winning the positions they contested for.
He stated this on Wednesday while receiving the Chairman House Committee on the Army after paying a visit to the Maimanlari cemetery to honor soldiers who died on duty in Maiduguri.
He said: ”The myriad 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 it is a fallout of the just concluded general election.
“There are political class interests, politicians in particular who saw their defeats as a way of trying to revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities even the bandits, the farmers and herders.
“There are strong political undertones and strong political influences including (in these) kidnappings.
“We use this opportunity to call on the chairman house committee on army to prevail on some of these politicians, to really look at national interest first, before any political or sectional interest.
“We have some strong evidence but we are still being conscious so that we don’t get it wrong but the best is to advice these politicians.
“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, right now Boko Haram terrorists are on the run but because of the resilient nature of terrorism they are always trying to score points to shows that they are much around”.