The Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has explained why the operation ‘show your identity’ proposed by the Nigerian Army must commence despite public concerns.

He said the operation is targeted at identifying fleeing Boko Haram members and other criminals.

The army chief stated this on Thursday while facing a panel of the house committee on the army, headed by Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa).

The House of Representatives had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the military to stop the planned Operation Positive Identification (OPI) by the military.

The decision followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, at the plenary on Tuesday.

The Nigerian military had planned a nationwide operation to demand identity cards from citizens across the country.

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