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Obasanjo Ex-president backs Buhari's November deadline to end Boko Haram

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has backed President Muhammadu Buhari's deadline for military to end the Boko Haram insurgents.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has backed President Muhammadu Buhari's deadline for military to end the Boko Haram insurgents.

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Speaking on Friday at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta when officials of the National Association of Nigerians Students and some student union leaders from various institutions of learning paid him a visit, Obasanjo said setting a target was part of military war strategy to help combatants work harder.

In his words, 'President Muhammadu Buhari took a right decision by telling the military to quash the Boko Haram insurgents by November.

'It is not good to just leave everything open-ended. It is a strategy in the military to set a target for any operation. This will enable those concerned to work hard.

'Having a target is necessary. Even if that target was not met, the people concerned would have something to work with,'  he said.

Continuing, Obasanjo mirrored the insurgents strikes with the Biafran war saying, For those of us who were involved in the Nigeria civil war, we set a six-month target to end the Nigeria-Biafra war, but it extended to 30 months.

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