Alternative Rhetoric to End the North East War — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Sir: Two problems arising from Nigeria’s modus operandi of war in the North East are: one, although presented as a compact fighting force during the fracas in Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as sterling contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world, Nigeria appears to have failed miserably in pursuing its own war.

Secondly, since the beginning of the “insurgency” in the North East (wrongly called), Nigeria has spent billions of naira, most of which has been wasted or stolen allegedly by the generals who continue the war in the North -East. Is President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces giving the right orders but his generals not carrying out his orders? Does the Emperor give bad orders but his generals are unwilling or unable to carry out those bad orders?

A 2004 incident involving a terrorist attack in Russia, known today as the Beslan school massacre, involved the abduction of more than a thousand people (777 were children according to Wikipedia) and lasted three days. Despite pleas, the terrorists held the children and their teachers without food or water while the standoff lasted. And therefore, Vladimir Putin ordered the soldiers to storm this school and attack the terrorists. The incident claimed 333 lives and 186 children. The incident established Putin as Russia’s undisputed strongman, but it left a permanent scar on the conscience of Russians.

Recent news indicates that Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State favors the alternative to Putin. He was recently quoted as saying that the surest way to end the war in the North East would be a total and sweeping bombardment of the Sambisa Forest, famous as a base for Nigeria’s antagonists.

I believe that Nigeria can take specific readings or coefficients – and then send in the specialized jet fighters – the recently acquired Tucano Jets or drones – and thereafter Nigeria would probably experience real “containment” or “degradation” of insurgent activities. An outright bombardment of the Sambisa forest as a military option against these “insurgents” could cut our nostrils to antagonize us.

Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku is Editor, WADONOR…Cultural Voice of Nigeria.

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