National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), has hinted that the war against Boko Haram cannot be won by the military alone, but through civil society involvement.
General Monguno also disclosed that the military had begun the onslaught against the terrorists in North-East region.
The NSA stated this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday when he led other service chiefs, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin (Defence), Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai (Army), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar (Air Force) and Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, on an assessment mission to war zone.
The NSA said, “We need the civil society to end this insurgency. I will be deceiving you if I say it will take the military alone to solve this insurgency. We are here to tell you we are up to the task, but it is a two-way traffic, we need your assistance.
“We need information and they (the people) need to come out of the closets to assist us. I know there has been mutual suspicion in the past, but it is time to work together to put an end to this insurgency,” he said.
The NSA promised that the military would intensify efforts at ending the Boko Haram menace in the North-East, adding that the recent change of guards in the security structure by President Muhammadu Buhari was to end terror attacks in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
He said, “In less than 24 hours after we were sworn in and decorated by the President, we are here in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the reassessment of military operations and to end insurgency in three months. We are to assess all the military operational details that will facilitate various aerial and ground troops to put an end to Boko Haram.”
The NSA assured Governor Kashim Shettima and the people of the state that the service chiefs would do their best in ensuring that the Boko Haram menace is eliminated in the region.
Monguno noted that the military alone could not handle the anti-terror fight, except it involves the larger society.
He stated, “We are not going to work against your interest of restoring peace and unity in the North East. We are here for all of you affected by this terrorism that has claimed the lives of many of your sons, daughters, parents, guardians, including your traditional and religious leaders sacked from towns and villages for over six years. We want you also to help us with credible information to end this insurgency.