A former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), has said only military approach cannot end the bloody Boko Haram insurgency.
Akinrinade spoke in Kaduna while chairing the maiden seminar of a security resource centre, Gusau Institute, founded by the immediate past Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd).
He said, “Nigerians are looking unto the military to end insurgency, but military alone could not be a solution to the perennial and bloody Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, particularly in the Northeast part of the country.”
While he charged the management of Gusau institute to direct its expertise towards finding lasting solution to the insurgency, the retired army General said politicians and economists have the magic wand to end the crisis.
Akinrinade added: “Let me say a word or two again about Boko Haram, I have heard several discussions about Boko Haram from many people. I must say that I am lost about the causes of Boko Haram and I am sure most of our country men are also lost. I want to charge this institute to take this matter very 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.
“So, I am aware that military solution is not going to be the end of Boko Haram.
“So the ball is in the court of politicians, economists and those that have human sympathy that could bring solution to this crisis.”
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