Military alone can’t end Boko Haram, says Akinrinade

Former Chief of Defence Staff Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd) has said military alone cannot end the Boko Haram insurgency.

He spoke yesterday in Kaduna when he chaired the maiden seminar of a security resource centre, Gusau Institute, founded by the former Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed.

Gen. Akinrinade said: “Nigerians are looking unto the military to end insurgency, but military alone cannot be a solution to the perennial and bloody Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, particularly in the Northeast.”

Urging the management of Gusau Institute to direct its expertise in security issues towards solving the Boko Haram insurgency, the retired General said politicians and economist have the magic wand to end the problem.

His words: “Let me say a word or two again about Boko Haram. I’ve heard a lot of discussions about Boko Haram from many people. I must say that I am lost about the causes of Boko Haram, and I’m sure most Nigerians are also confused. I want to enjoin this institute to take the matter seriously.

“But I am not aware of any military doctrine that has been put down that has addressed effectively guerrilla warfare, which is easier. But this kind of insurgency we are now having in our hands has never been addressed by any military doctrine successfully.

“I am aware that military solution is not going to be the end of Boko Haram.

“The ball is in the court of politicians, economists and those that have human sympathy that can bring solution to this crisis.

“We have all agreed to treat constitutional issues and maintain federal character, but it has been bastardised with corruption that has taken over the constitution.

“We fought the civil war to keep this country and we must honour our founding fathers because they bestowed a befitting country to us. We did what we did because the situation at that time dictated it so.”

The former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who responded to a keynote address by Dr. Jakkie Cilliers from South Africa, attributed Nigeria’s and Africa’s problems to bad leadership.

He said: “Something is wrong with the leadership of the continent. This is why we are facing  difficulties. Fifty-five years after our independence we are still talking about the basics of living for our people.

“Report has it that over 100 million Nigerians live below poverty line. So, GDP, which is the major indicator used in measuring development, does not make any sense anymore, because you can have growth without development.

“Studies have also shown that less than three per cent of Nigerians control the country’s resources. How can we now say Nigeria’s GDP is growing by six, seven per cent when people in my village don’t feel any impact?

“The budget with which the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, governed Northern Region in 1966 is equivalent to the budget of Kaduna North Local Government today.”

Prof. Abdullahi ascribed Africa’s underdevelopment to colonialism.

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