Major-General Abdul-Malik Jibrin (rtd), a former ADC to the former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha, has spoken on challenges caused by Boko Haram and agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He said the issue of agitations and insecurity in Nigeria was disturbing and challenging and urged government to synergise the functions of national assets and develop them with a very formidable armed forces and well trained and well funded police and other security agencies.
“The National Security Adviser (NSA) should coordinate the activities of these security outfits and come out with a way forward and do what is needed to be done”, he told Daily Trust.
“Boko Haram, IPOB, and Niger Delta militants target the youths who are by-products of political thuggery and the almighty corruption that this government is fighting.
“It is alleged that politicians who were given money for the development of their people diverted them to their own advantage and tomorrow during election they would give the youths to go and cause mayhem.
“Instead, these militants should challenge the governors and institutions like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on how much was given from the centre.
“Undergraduates should be taught entrepreneurship while in the university or post-secondary schools so that they can come out and start a venture without waiting for government.
“This will deny militants the opportunity to recruit followers. And I am happy with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as he is tackling the issue of insurgency and corruption head long.
“The recent resurgence in the North East is lack of proper coordination and synergy with the military, police, NSCDC and the civil society. Soldiers conquer an area, flush out the elements and move forward, the police, NSCDC and NGOs and the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) should take over on reconstruction and resettlement of the internally displaced people (IDPs).
“We should consolidate on this fight against Boko Haram and take the fight to their doorsteps and not allow them to take new initiatives. I commend the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and all those who have contributed to the security of our great nation. They are doing very well and may God continue to be their guide.”