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New service chiefs: Are these the long awaited Messiah?

10 August 2015, 22:44 Hussain Obaro

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.

No 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.

Also read: Buhari strongly accuses own service chiefs of failing Nigeria

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.

The different 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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