President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, said that politics was at the root of the Boko Haram insurgency which has plagued the Northeast and the military alone cannot end the crises.
Backstory: The President spoke in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at the Nigerian Air Force International Air Power Seminar.
The President said that a successful counter-insurgency operation required unity of efforts across various agencies within the country.
He said, “Successful counter-insurgency operations would, therefore, require unity of efforts across multiple ministries, departments and agencies covering political, economic, law enforcement, intelligence and of course the military, in what is popularly called ‘whole of the nation approach.'”
He added that, “In this regard, we have mobilised relevant agencies and international organisations to support the counter-insurgency efforts to ensure success.”
Continuing, The President said “It is common knowledge that though we require substantial military input in combating an insurgency, its root cause is inherently political in nature.”
Buhari also stated that there has been an improvement in the security situation in the Northeast.
He said: “It is important to stress that there has been steady improvement in the security situation in the North-East where the Boko Haram activities have been confined in recent times.”
Bottom Line: The new comments are a long way from the president’s earlier position that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. In recent times, the group seems to have gained momentum even launching several attacks in the last few days. President Buhari on Monday failed to expatiate on his comment about the root cause of the insurgency being political but in the past he has blamed the opposition.