Frontline PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has said that the war against terror in the country has remained intractable because the current Administration has failed to embrace global best practices of carrot and stick.
Speaking at a news conference in Minna, Nigeria State, Turaki who was the chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North East during the Jonathan Administration, explained that they were able to push Boko Haram insurgents to the fringes of the country and also conducted the 2015 elections in the frontline states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa by adopting the time-tested practices.
He said: “Unfortunately, the APC-led government failed to continue the battle from where the PDP left off, and worse still, the government abandoned the all-inclusive recommendations left behind for it. Hence, the reversal in fortunes in spite of the claim to have ‘technically’ degraded the Boko Haram.”
There is nowhere in the history of nations that fought terror, he said, where terrorism was fought decisively and squarely based on open and direct or indirect confrontation between insurgents and the military.
He noted that when terrorism is based on on a dogma as in the case of Boko Haram, whether misguided or not, there was need he said, to take the dogma out of the minds of insurgents who have surrendered because when you win the battle, you have to win the war.
Furthermore, he said, you need to engage such insurgents in a serious re-orientation. You need also to ensure that they learn skills to become productive members of the society, in addition to making conscious efforts to re-integrate them into the society, he added.
Unfortunately, these are not options which this government is pursuing and that is why they are failing, he noted.
The presidential aspirant who recalled that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the U.S. were allegedly attributed to institutional rivalry noted that the Nigerian case is even worse, as the security agencies are working at cross-purposes as earlier revealed by a senior official of government before a National Assembly Committee.
“How then can they take advantage of each agency’s comparative advantage in intelligence gathering, analyzing and implementing the the information collated?” he asked.
Worse still, he said, there had been no leadership capable of taking decisive decisions to put an end to the rivalry, thereby putting the protection of lives and property in jeopardy.
“This certainly shall not be tolerated if Nigerians give me the mandate to lead,” he said.
Director Media & Publicity
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Presidential Campaign Organisation
July 18th, 2018.