The last couple of days witnessed the long awaited sacking
of the service chiefs and their subsequent replacement by the President and
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari. Many Nigerians have
always expressed disappointment at the fact that the new President decided to
work with the same service chiefs who worked with the last Administration
without really achieving anything tangible in the fight against Boko Haram,
except during the last few days of the life-span of that Administration.
doubt, the calibre of men who served and worked with the Goodluck Jonathan’s
Administration were the major factor that militated against Nigeria’s
successful fight against insurgency. Worthy of brief mention was the
appointment of Major General Azubuike Ihejirika, who instead of settling down
to fight Boko Haram, allegedly connived with his South Eastern brethren to
champion a separatist agenda, ordering the extra-judicial killing of thousands
of able-bodied men and children in the North, this evil agenda and massacre of
innocent Northerners and his stumble riches has since put him in the “black
book” of Amnesty international and other international commission and agencies.
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Now that President Buhari has finally parted ways with
Jonathan’s men and has since approved the appointments of Major-Generals
Babagana Mongunu (RTD) as National Security Adviser, Major-General Abayomi
Olonisakin as Chief of Defense Staff, Major-General T.Y Buratai as Chief of
Army Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Iba as Chief of Naval Staff and Air Vice
Marshal Morgan Riku as Head of Defense Intelligence, while Lawal Musa Daura has
been appointed Director General of Directorate of State Security (DSS), with
Abdulahi Gana Muhammadu appointed to man the NSCDC, the question on the lips of
many is; could these be the long awaited “messiahs” that would finally do the
needful that would effectively put a permanent end to the menace of Boko Haram
in this country?
Bearing in mind that some of the problems that has hampered
and slowed down the wheels of progress of Nigeria’s fight against insurgency
also includes; the activities of traitors and Boko Haram sympathizers within
the rank and files of the military and para-military agencies, rivalry and lack
of proper and elastic intelligence sharing among the different security
agencies, and human right abuse and extra-judicial killings of innocent
Northerners by the military. Nigerians patiently and eagerly awaits how and
what these new sets of service Chiefs would do differently, to bring Boko Haram
to its kneels.
Corruption, indiscipline and traitors are the issues which must first of all be
“weeded” and effectively uprooted from the military if we are to make any
meaningful, headway in defeating Boko Haram. Systematic and intelligence measures
should be put in place to identify and “fish out” Boko Haram informants and
sympathizers. Several cases of human rights abuses and extra judicial killings
must be properly investigated and perpetrators brought to book.
security agencies must “pocket” their ego and needless rivalry and work
together in terms of intelligence gathering and sharing, to achieve a common
aim of stamping out insurgency and other forms of violent crimes in the
country. Whether the present administration or the new service chiefs likes
this or not, the fact that the safe release of the chibok girls and subsequent
reunion with their family and loved ones would be the high point of their
success in the war against bokoharam is sacrosanct and Nigerians will score there
performance based on this. The time to finally and permanently crush bokoharam
is now or never!
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