Former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade (rtd) has said that, only military approach cannot end the bloody Boko Haram insurgency.
The former Nigerian military chief stated this in Kaduna yesterday, while chairing the maiden seminar of a security resource centre (Gusau Institute) founded by the immediate past Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed.
‎According to General Akinrinade, “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 North East part of the country.
While he charged the management of Gusau institute to direct its expertise in security issues towards finding lasting solution to Boko Haram, the retired General said, politicians and economist have the magic wand to end the insurgency.
‎In his words, “let me say a word or two again about Boko Haram, I have 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 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 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 bestowed a befitting country to us. We did what we did because the situation at that time dictated it so”, he said.
Meanwhile, ‎one time Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, and Secretary of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi who responded to the keynote address delivered by Dr. Jakkie Cilliers from South Africa, blamed the woes of Nigeria and Africa as a whole on bad leadership.

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