Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said that terrorists have won communities to their side in Nigeria.
According to him, is is what has made the battle against them to be complex, adding that military action alone could tackle security challenges in the country.
Buratai, a non career ambassadorial designate said this, when he appeared before Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening on Thursday in Abuja.
“This security challenge is something that started more than 30, or 40 years ago.
“It had penetrated the communities, the terrorists have won the communities to their side, that is why you see a small hamlet keeping Boko Haram in those locations, so it is a complex issue.
“So it requires the whole government approach to to deal with this.
“The military action is just one aspect and this is one mistake we have been making that it is only the military that is seen to solve the issue of security challenge,” he said.
He said political, economic and social factors were responsible for fuelling the security challenge over the years, adding that those factors must be addressed.
“Development should be progressive, there should be roads every where, employment, schools, hospitals.
“There are so many ungovernable spaces until those spaces, locations are penetrated with roads infrastructure, rail, school, and we carry every body along, and a robust foreign and diplomatic polices pursed and sustained to solve issues of insecurity,” he said.