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President On The Right Path – Nanzing

Posted: Jun 28, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pyennap Nathaniel Nanzing is a retired Police Officer and one of the leaders of North-Central Peoples Democratic Party.  In this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he speaks in support of the decision by President Muhamamdu Buhari to ban military road blocks across the country. Excerpts…

What is your view on the recent decision by President Muhammadu Buhari banning military road blocks across the country?

I support entirely the new directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, because if you observe critically, the Boko Haram insurgency which led to the emergence of military road blocks in the country have infiltrated into the civilian populations and it is difficult to identify. Again, you may observe that in the past, members used private cars with explosives which they would explode at designated points, but when people began to know their tactics they started using female suicide bombers.

The battle against Boko Haram is a guerrilla war that must be taken into the territory of the insurgents. You remember few weeks before President Jonathan handed over to the new government, our Air force personnel took the battle straight to their base and you saw the success that was recorded. Whether you like it or not, terrorist groups as we see in Middle-East and other parts of the world, do not believe in negotiation. You are wasting your time if you are thinking of bringing them to the negotiation table. It is usually a total war and at the end of the day, you either win the war or lose.

What both the military and other security agents can also do in this situation is to concentrate more on intelligent-gathering. Because these people have mingled with civilian population and any attempt to declare a total war against the insurgents may greatly affect civilian population. We all know the implication of getting civilian population attacked in this situation, such a situation may be referred to as genocide against civilian populations, which may be taken to the International Criminal Court.