Expert Tells Minister How to End Boko Haram Within Few Months

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The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has advised the Federal Government to adopt what he described as a ‘troop surge’ strategy to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

He urged the new Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, to order the deployment of 10,000 troops in the North-East to change the dynamic of the war.

The security expert, in a statement on Tuesday said decisive and quick victory was needed to avoid a “stalemated conflict.”

“Since July 2018, Boko Haram has been taking the battle to the military. We have been playing defence and that has resulted in incessant attacks on military formations, including the infamous Metele attack of November 2018.

In counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, you must be nimble-footed, maintain offensive posture, employ all intelligence assets and be lethal. You must destroy the enemy’s will to fight,” he added.

Ekhomu, who said there was nothing like a repentant insurgent, insisted that captured Boko Haram fighters must be imprisoned.

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He faulted what he called the ‘catch and release’ approach of the Federal Government, saying it was prolonging the war.

The expert also decried the destruction of fish seized by the military in Borno State, saying the food should have been donated to the internally displaced persons.

He said it was ironical that international humanitarian agencies were giving Nigeria food aid for the over two million IDPs in the North-East, while the country was burning truckloads of fish seized from suspected collaborators of insurgents.

Ekhomu also expressed worry over the partnership of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), saying the terror groups usually shared know-how, finance, tactics and personnel.

According to him, leaving the military alone to fight the war would not solve the problem.

“Other institutions, including the political class, the police, the intelligence services, the judiciary, the correctional institutions, the para-military agencies, and even the citizens, must help the war efforts,” he said.

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