Boko Haram: What we did under Jonathan govt – Ex-minister, Turaki

July 18, 2018
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Frontline PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has recalled how the Goodluck Jonathan government supressed Boko Haram.

He also said that the war against terror in the country had remained intractable because the current administration had failed to embrace global best practices of carrot and stick.

Turaki spoke at a news conference in Minna on Wednesday.

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 insurgents to the fringes of the country and also conducted the 2015 elections in affected states 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.

“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.

“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, lamented that the Nigerian case was worse.

“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?”

“This certainly shall not be tolerated if Nigerians give me the mandate to lead,” he assured.

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