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Boko Haram Elite Nigerians used terrorism for selfish interests – Minimah

Minimah made the comment on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, while giving his valedictory address during a Pulling-Out ceremony held in his honour.

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Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah has accused Nigeria’s elite of using the Boko Haram insurgency to further political, religious and sectional interests.

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Keneth Minimah

(Gong)

 

Minimah made the comment on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, while giving his valedictory address during a Pulling-Out ceremony held in his honour.

 Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah. play

 Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah.

(Gong News)

 

Minimah said:

“The insurgency snowballed into a graver dimension because these people exploited the security challenge to further sectional, religious and political interests.”

Former Chief of Army staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah hands over to his successor Major General Tukur Buratai on July 16, 2015. play

Former Chief of Army staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah hands over to his successor Major General Tukur Buratai on July 16, 2015.

(The Cable)

 

 “In the last decade, we have seen the extent to which people who harbour evil against their fellow co-patriots can go to inflict pain and death on innocent people.”

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa play

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa

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“This is the time for us to rise in unison not only to condemn but to take actions against the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements in order to foster peace and security in our society.”

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa play

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa

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“Perhaps, if we had all stood against the terrorists at the outset through condemnation of their activities and active collaboration with the military to confront them, rather than use it as a tool to advance section, tribal, religious and political interests, we would not have been where we find ourselves today.

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa play

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa

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He also said that the Nigerian government had made light of the health and vitality of the military through inadequate funding.

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa play

Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah visits soldiers in Borno, Adamawa

(Twitter)

 

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh had also said during his Pulling-Out ceremony that the military under him was ill-equipped.

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