By SAMUEL PRINCE-NNAJI
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has revealed that the Boko Haram prisoners swap to secure the release of the second batch of 82 abducted Chibok schoolgirls was not the decision of the military, but was orchestrated by a political decision
Brutai who was a guest on BBC Programme, Hard Talk said the Federal Government, believed that the best option at the time was to swap the prisoners for the girls.
“As far as I am concerned, we performed our own role for the safe passage of the abducted Chibok girls.
“The Boko Haram terrorists’ swap for the Chibok schoolgirls was not a decision taken by the military, but it was a a political decision. The decision was in the best interest of the nation and based on the circumstances, the government felt it was the best course.
“Personally, I think it has its own advantages; the message is to rescue the Chibok girls.
“I do not think anyone has said the Boko Haram has been eliminated. Terrorism is something that is resilient.” He said
The Army chief also noted that th Boko Haram group had been defeated that could be seen in their inability to attack the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and other northern states.
“Before May 2015, the Boko Haram insurgents were even in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna. They were operating even to the South. We had to stop them.
“For the past one and a half years, we have not had any attack in Jos, Abuja, Kano and many other places, not even as close as Gombe State.
“The concentration at the moment is within certain areas in states like Borno and Yobe in the northern region.”