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Probing Military Won’t Help Fight Against Boko Haram

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 at 6:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Chibuike Chukwu  –  Lagos


As the terrorist group, Boko Haram, continues its onslaught in the northern part of the country, President Mohammadu Buhari has been challenged to rise up and confront terrorists as promised during his electioneering.

This is even as the president has been told that the planned probe of the military against human rights abuses in the north east will not help the ongoing fight against the terrorists.

Speaking when it held a press conference on Wednesday in Lagos to analyse the recent onslaught of the deadly group, an advocacy organisation, Community Agenda for Peace (CAP), said till this time, there is no clear-cut policy direction from the presidency to fight the Boko Haram menace, saying the President can still do a lot to confront the terrorists.

“For us at CAP, with the absence of a concrete policy direction, stakeholders are left with speculations only.  Will Mr. President pursue peaceful dialogue and negotiations or will he adopt an intensive military campaign or a hybrid of both, otherwise known as the «carrot and stick» method?

“Looking at the body language of President Mohammadu Buhari, we want to warn Nigerians that it had become an ‘accidental enabler’ for a resurgence of Boko Haram activities while at the same time an ‘accidental demoralizer’ for the military.

“Since the present administration was inaugurated over a month ago, we have crossed the 200 dead-body-count mark and still counting as the terrorists have increased the ferocity of their daily attacks. He needs to sit up and confront the terrorists as an experienced military officer.”

Speaking through its National Director, Obuesi Phillips, CAP faulted the president’s initial directive to the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector General of Police to dismantle all military checkpoints nationwide, and his directive to the incoming Attorney General to conduct an intensive probe of the military over the allegation of human rights abuses by Amnesty International.

“Why should the president give legitimacy to a report of a foreign body like Amnesty International? We are talking about our own internal security here.

“Once he approves that the military be probed, it will demoralise them and affect their efforts in curbing the menace over there. He should confront these terrorists like the terrorists they are. While we are trying to probe the military, the terrorists are having field days with deadly attacks in Borno, Yobe and Gombe.”