Politics hindering end to banditry – Military

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The Nigerian military says politics is an albatross to their efforts to tackle the deepening security crisis, especially banditry, in the country.

General Musa made the disclosure during a chat on Channels Television’s programme, The Morning Brief, on Monday, where he called for support from the public to meet this goal.

Speaking on the challenges the military faced in their fight against banditry, General Musa said they were of a political nature that required decision-making from the political class.

He stated that there was only so much the military could do without the support of the government of the day.

“The truth about it is that the challenges we are facing are political challenges and it is only when decisions are taken and directives have been given that we can take them, ” he said.

“The military can only do so much, only they go back and can’t get the support from the government, that is why it is important that we work together as a team”

“It is a political decision, not a military decision on what is to be done,”.

General Musa also bemoaned criticisms from various quarters over the military’s effect on ending the scourge of banditry

“What we try to avoid is to make our troops feel unappreciated”

“They are doing so much and I can guarantee that we are achieving a lot ”

“It is that one goal that the enemy has been able to get over us that people leverage on”

“It is quite unfortunate that people have died and it is painful for us as commanders,” he said.

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