Former military ruler of Nigeria, now the All Progressives Congress' chieftain, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) expressed disappointment with Nigerian Army soldiers' indiscipline and apparent inability to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
On Wednesday, General Buhari gave an interview to the Voice of America Hausa programme.
He advised the soldiers to return to the basics of military training if they want to win the war against insurgency in the country. He lamented that nowadays, the military are accused of collecting bribe, raping women and "wiping out" entire communities as retaliation for killing one of their own.
"That was not known before," Buhari stressed.
The former Head of state recalled that in the days of the late President Umaru Yar'Adua, a plane with leaders of Niger Delta militants was sent to Abuja to hold peaceful talks.
"But everybody knows that the Boko Haram leader was arrested and killed. We all know that in times of crisis, the police should do their work, and it is only when such crisis escalates that the military comes in," he noted.
Meanwhile, speaking yesterday at the stakeholders' meeting on security, General Officer Commanding of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major General Garba Wahab said the military, along with other security agencies, need support in their fight against insurgency in Nigeria. He urged ordinary Nigerians to provide the Army with useful information and not criticize them so harshly.
He assured that the Army and other security agencies remain apolitical.