Tukur Buratai has urged Northern youths, particularly those in the North East, to shun terrorism and other violent acts and channel their energies to productive ventures.
Buratai vowed that the Nigerian army would continue to provide opportunities for the youth to express themselves and showcase their God-given talents.
“To this end, I call on the youth of northern Borno and indeed the youth of the North East to shun and reject terrorism.
“The youth, who are the future leaders, should continue to cooperate with the authorities, army and indeed other security agencies by promptly reporting suspicious persons within their midst in order to ensure a more secured environment.
“I tell you right now, so many of them are on the run; the Boko Haram terrorists are on the run.
“I urge you to be very careful of any strange face or any of your colleagues or friends that have been misled to join them.
“As soon as they appear or come back, do not waste time, report them immediately to the nearest security agency.
“There is the need to consolidate on the already achieved security atmosphere,” the army chief said.