Olusegun Adeniyi’s Tale in Ending Boko Haram Insurgency:Learning From It
A gallant General who stepped out of battle into a more important battle, has been demoted by the Nigeria Army because he posted a video critisizing the Nigeria Army for lack of provisions.
I have to say that Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram insurgency has been grossly mismanaged from logistics to provisions and to programmes.
A General in that assignment has the GOD-GIVEN right to let the people in charge know what he need, and the people at large know what to do to be able to motivate the Nigerian Government.
What is Book Haram?
Boko Haram is a group of northern individuals led by Abubakar Shekau who has the desire to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria. This group has been known as a terrorist group globally for their deadly operations in the North-Easter Book Haram Insurgency
I heard “Boko Haram” means “western education is a sin/forbidden” but I am surprised that Boko Haram use video camera—–seemingly a product of Western education and technology.
The best way to win the war against negativities is to loose the war against positivisties—–VisionBoy
Geographic Strategy For Ending Boko Haram Insurgency
The Federal Government of Nigeria needs to know that Boko Haram is not a Nigerian issue alone, ISWAP (Islamic States of West Africa Province) and some other groups are around West Africa most especially the Lake Chad area, so we need to bring up ECOMOG (ECOWAS Monitoring Group) to provide logistics under a “Lake Chad Rescue Mission” involving Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria but also Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin Republic.
Political Strategies In Ending Book Haram Insurgency
First of all, the Federal Government needs to identify and plan on how the insurgency can be ended.
Next, transparency and accountability to the Nigerian people.
The President and the National Assembly needs to brace up for national duties.
National Assembly should create a standing committee on Ending Book Haram Insurgency membered by the Senators in the North East and also some Senators elected on the basis of interest but it should be chaired by a Senator elected by the rest members and the committee should report to the National Assembly.
The President should appoint a well-experienced army officer as the Chief of Army Staff and a General should be put in charge of the “Lake Chad Rescue Mission:Nigeria” who reports to the COAS (Chief of Army Staff) ,administratively to the Ministry of Defence via Nigeria Defence HeadQuaters,officially to The President and also the NASS via Standing Committee on Ending BokoHaram Insurgency and internationally to the Field Marshall in charge of ECOMOG Lake Chad Rescue Mission.
Hence, the General in charge of the mission in Nigeria should be selected based on interest while the Chief of Army Staff based on experience. Their appointment should be ratified by the National Assembly.
The General should be deployed along with his quotation in terms of personnel and supplies to North East a few inches Borno- Sambisa Forest, he will be asked go give reports every week to the Ministry of Defence via the Nigeria Defence HQ, it is the Ministry of Defence that can authorise the NDHQ to supply. Meanwhile the COAS can stay at NDHQ, Abuja.
This way the General in charge of the mission will focus squarely on the mission and accountability can be placed squarely on his/her sector while the Chief of Army Staff will focus on the whole Army Personnel nationwide.
The General can resign from his assignment only if he desires same with the COAS however they can both be impeached by NASS if they violate their constitutional duties , they can nevertheless be removed by the President who must tender the reason before the National
Administrative Strategies For Ending Boko Haram Insurgency
Chief of Army Staff: Instead of being in charge of everything, let him just be in charge of overall Nigerian Army administration, reporting to the President and the National Assembly.
Ministry of Defence: Instead of directing the Nigeria Armed Forces, it should only make policies on the priority defence policies of the Government and submitting the same to any of the Security Chief: Navy,Army or Airforce as required; or to the NDHQ if it is a joint defence policy that requires the whole Nigeria Armed Forces.
Nigeria Defence HQ: Instead of standing as the apex of the Nigeria Armed Forces, it draw up coordinated and integrated programmes of the Nigeria Armed Forces from the policies submitted by the Ministry of Defence.
General Officer Commanding: Head the mission in Nigeria and majorly reports to the President and National Assembly Standing Committee on Ending Boko Haram Insurgency
NASS will give a time-plan to the General in charge of the mission for various results expected, the General can buy time as well but according to NASS stipulated terms and conditions.
Military Strategy For Ending Boko Haram Insurgency
Use of spy planes (drones) to locate their base in the Lake Chad region and Sambisa Forest.
Establishment of non-human barricades along the LakeChad region and the exterior Sambisa Forest.
Creation of NorthEast Development Commission charged to rehabilitate North-East Nigerians and the de-radicalised and unarmed Book Haram students of war.
Station of digital buglers to alert each Local Government about Book Haram movement along the region.
Establishment of North-East State Police to not only respond to attacks but to foil Book Haram attacks.
Uncovering and Stopping the route of arms supplies in the North-East.
Collaboration with ECOMOG countries on weapons purchase and transportation laws via ECOWAS Parliament to checkmate the smuggling of weapons.
The final and most important:restructure Nigeria before Nigeria restructures itself. With a new Constitution, Book Haram will not have an inch for terrorising the North-East or Nigeria as a whole.
Don’t fight the war, end the war——-VisionBoy.
Boko Haram is a political symptom of the democratic deficiency in Nigeria.
Good books no dey harm so boko no be haram!