Buratai expressed his worry on Sunday at a special service to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at ST Bartholomew’s Military Church, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters, Buratia criticised the tactics by Boko Haram insurgents of recruiting unemployed youths with poor morals and are illiterates.
He therefore charged parents to be more responsible for their wards in order to safeguard them from being influenced by bad individuals in society.
He also called on children to be disciplined in all their activities and ensure they are not lured into engaging in illicit acts.
The Army Chief said “Character begins from home; if the children or the youth do not listen to their parents then there is problem. It is the responsibilities of parents to ensure that they disciplined their children.
“And the children too must have something to give back by being disciplined, educated, try to behave well wherever they go and without being deceived by anyone to do what is bad.”
Speaking on combating Boko Haram, Lt. Gen. Buratai stated that the military had defeated the insurgency adding that the force is only trying to restore peace to the unsettled Northeastern Nigeria.
“I want to assure you without mincing words that the Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated; all we are fighting for now is the peace in the northeast.”