ROUND UP: Three Occasions Where Chief of Army Staff, Buratai Plays ‘Blame Game’ For Unending Insurgence In Nigeria

ROUND UP: Three Occasions Where Chief of Army Staff, Buratai Plays ‘Blame Game’ For Unending Insurgence In Nigeria

From the recent report on security challenges in Nigeria, many citizens live in danger everyday.


The United Kingdom government earlier this week warned it citizens against traveling to some 21 countries in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai continue to offer lame excuses on security challenges despite the disheartening emotions citizens pass trough.

Hynaija brings a round-up on three occasions where Mr Buratai failed to take responsibility instead, played ‘blame game’ on the menace.

‘Soldiers are incompetent’ – Buratai says in August 2018:

In August, 2018, Mr Buratai blamed military commanders and soldiers in the Boko Haram war for failure to tackle Boko Haram insurgence.

He accused them of cowardice in a memo.

He said soldiers were abandoning their positions in the face of Boko Haram firepower, an act he said should ordinarily demand court-martial of suspected personnel.

Mr Buratai, a lieutenant-general, said any commander who “abandons his position in the face” of enemy fire “leading to avoidable death of troops and loss of equipment will be subjected” to harsh punishments as enumerated in the Armed Forces Act

‘Politicians responsible for attacks’:

Last May, Mr Buratai accused some defeated politicians in the just concluded general elections of being responsible for the current heightened situation in parts of the country.

“…The myriad of security challenges we are facing now in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so, is the fall out of the just concluded general elections.”


“There are several political interests, politicians in particular not happy with their defeat and therefore, trying to take revenge, sponsoring some these criminal activities”, he was quoted.

‘Soldiers lack commitment’:

Last Tuesday, he repeated the ‘blaming game’.

Mr Buratai accused soldiers of displaying a poor commitment to defend the country in almost every task they had been assigned, a situation he described as “unfortunate” and responsible for sparse promotion in the military rank-and-file.

“It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigeria army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks,” Mr Buratai said at a military-organised event in Abuja on Tuesday.

The alleged laziness of soldiers could also be traced to “simply insufficient commitment to a common national/military course by those at the frontlines,” Mr Buratai was quoted as saying.

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