The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to employ new strategies in the fight against Boko Haram.
Backstory: While lamenting the recent killings in Borno state of at least 100 soldiers by Boko Haram, Ezekwesili, wondered why the military had taken almost a week to confirm the attack on the army even though a video showing the attacks had gone viral online.
Ezekwesili also demanded the publication of the names and authentic figures of fallen heroes in order for Nigerians to know the extent of damage and for record purposes.
She also demanded that the fallen heroes should not be deprived of their honor, noting that many questions were begging for answers with the recent killings of soldiers.
She said, “Don’t we think the official line that the presidency and military have been pushing on the state of the terrorism war is endangering our soldiers and nation? Can the government be more honest on the challenges it appears to be facing in prosecuting the war?”
She also said that “It is time for a review of the current operational strategy being used to prosecute the war. It is also high time that our Intel was revamped.
Adding that, the “Federal Government must take measures to assess the failure of leadership of the Service Chiefs – performance, accountability, and the consequence has been missing for far too long and must now change.
The military should improve on its intelligence gathering, as that would be key to defeating the Boko Haram insurgency.”
The ACPN presidential candidate urged the Federal Government to accord full military burial rites to the fallen soldiers as well as the publication of names of other fallen heroes who might have been buried discretely in recent times without giving the Nigerian people the opportunity to celebrate their gallantry.
Bottom Line: The insurgency group has in the past week attacked at least three military bases leaving hundreds of soldiers dead. While the spate of attacks by the group has increased in the last few months, the federal government has been slow to respond consequently portraying a lack of control and empathy. President Buhari and service chiefs have been accused of being more focused on the 2019 elections than on security and governance.