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The Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has told the Senate that it will take Nigeria the next 20 years to address the security challenges confronting the country at the moment.

Speaking on Thursday when he appeared before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa-led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as an Ambassadorial Nominee, Buratai said that it will take 20 years to address this insecurity.

Speaking further, Buratai who noted that the warfare has diffused into the society, he said that if they have to win the communities to their side, adding that it requires a multi-pronged approach with military warfare as only one aspect.

He said, “The military alone cannot solve this. There should be hospitals, schools, roads and government presence in these communities. There are so many ungovernable spaces and until these spaces have government presence, it will not be resolved.”

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the Security Council following worsening insecurity in the country.

The meeting taking place at the presidential villa, Abuja is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Also in attendance are the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd).

The meeting was also attended by the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Other is the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, the Director-General of National, Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Rufa’i, and the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

Some of the Ministers are the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi and the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada.