Former military top Alani Akinrinade on June 18, Thursday, said that the Nigerian forces was not the solution to Boko Haram insurgency.
Lt-Gen Akinrinade (retd.), ex chief of army staff, made his position known in Kaduna during a seminar on the Africa’s Big Five, The Punch reports.
He further expressed his point of view regarding the ways of tackling terrorism.
“Let me say a word or two again about Boko Haram. I have heard a lot of discussion 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 insurrection we are now having in our hands have 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.”
“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 bequeath a befitting country to us. We did what we did because the situation at that time dictated so.”
Meanwhile Boko Haram continues terrorizing Nigeria and its neighbours. Reports reaching us from Niger say that the insurgents attacked two villages in the country on Wednesday night killing scores of people. Various sources provide different death toll figures (from 30 to 38 so far).
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