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Involve Traditionalists In Counter-Terrorism – Adegunloye

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Dr. Bola Augustine Adegunloye, Egbeji Ologun of Nigeria, is a retired police officer. In this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he speaks on Boko Haram insurgency, crisis at the National Assembly, Buhari’s government, and other national issues. Excerpts… 

What do you suggest should be the best approach to the fight against insurgency in the northern part of the country?

It is unfortunate that Boko Haram insurgency which started like the normal violence upsurge has metamorphosed into full terrorism which has killed thousands of innocent Nigerians. In my capacity as ex-police officer and Egbeji Ologun of Nigeria, I have made several suggestions on how we can combat the ongoing terrorism in Nigeria, but the former administration ignored my counsel because those advising the government were looking for leakages to dupe the government. I have stated on several occasions that the government may not succeed if it decides to use only force in fighting members of Boko Haram. I, therefore, advise the government to involve traditional medicine practitioners in the search for the solution against Boko Haram. It is a peculiar war that demands peculiar strategy to fight. I am not boasting,  if I am involved today in the fight against the insurgency I have a lot of things I would suggest to the government to do which might not be convenient for me to disclose on the pages of newspapers. My suggestion is that President Muhammadu Buhari should involve traditional medicine practitioners in the fight against Boko Haram, with God on our side, we would be able to assist very well and Nigerians would see the result.


Though you are not a politician, but your association with some politicians has aroused your interest in the politics of this country, what advise do you give to members of the National Assembly in view of the lingering crisis in the National Assembly?

If you remember very well, I predicted the defeat of President Jonathan long before the election and urged him to excuse himself from the 2015 presidential elections but he ignored my advice.  I always tell Nigerians both politicians and non politicians alike of what is about to happen, the purpose is for such people to take caution and avoid it. Now, I want to advise Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara who were elected Senate President and Speaker to be careful so that they do not suffer impeachment very soon. They must work towards ensuring peace in both the green and red chambers.


Why do you think former president Jonathan did not give heed to your suggestion to stop contesting the 2015 presidential elections?

I think it is because of wrong people that gave him wrong advice, especially pastors. I wrote to him several times but I don’t know whether those letters were handed to him in person or not. If President Jonathan had listened to my counsel and prediction, he wouldn’t have contested the 2015 election because I said he had the mandate from the crystal ball to rule for only one term but he was mislead. I said he should be one of the most grateful people because from the classroom he rose to be governor and President without much struggle. I expected him to heed the advice given him by some people to relinquish power after his first term and allow peace to reign. But thank God he was not desperate when he lost the election and handed over power peacefully.


Some people have described the new government as very slow and expressed doubt on its ability to deliver on good governance as promised, what is your observation of the new government?



It is true that Nigerians have a great expectation from the new government of President Buhari because of what we have gone through since Independence as a nation, but I want to state that the government means well for Nigerians. I can see that Buhari has good intentions and would perform better than previous administrations, but my honest advice to him is to be careful and not allow cabals, both in the party and in the oil industry, to distract him from the agenda he has for the transformation of the country. He should not allow people who are bent on destroying the APC to cause rift between him and Bola Tinubu. I also advise the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to be careful on how he goes about tackling the problem of the state so that he would have a successful regime in the state.


Do you blame leaders of the party for the crisis in the party at the moment?

The only advice I want to give them is to come together and resolve their differences amicably so that Nigerians would not be disappointed over their election promises to the people.  The crisis that came between them came very early and it is not supposed to be that way.  I want to also inform Bola Tinubu to be careful with his health so that he would not have any serious problem this year. I would suggest that he make some spiritual consultations without delay.


Has the government given proper recognition yet to traditional healers?

Not, at all. Traditional medicine practitioners are not given their due recognition as it is supposed to be in Nigeria. If you go to India where I studied, herbal practitioners and orthodox medical doctors are almost given the same recognition. I want to emphasize here that unless we harmonize the two groups into our health policy, Nigeria would not make any significant progress in the quest to have health for all in this country. It is not good that every little ailment we abandon this country and travel to India and other countries of the world for medical attention while we have what it takes to take care of ourselves in this country. I want President Buhari to ensure that herbal practitioners are given proper recognition and place in the health policies of the country.