Why Nigerian Army Can’t Defeat Boko Haram – Uk High Commissioner

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The outgoing British High Commissioner to
Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, has said the
problem of Boko Haram insurgency in North-
east Nigeria is not something that can be
resolved with the use of the army, the police
or the security agencies only.
Speaking at a farewell interactive session
with members of Kaduna chapter of the
Nigeria Union of Journalists Correspondent
Chapel in Kaduna on Monday, Mr. Pocock
said: “We don’t look at the problem in the
Northeast as purely a security problem. It is
not something that can be resolved with the
use of the army of the police or the security
agencies only. It is not going to be solvable.
“There has to be three different things; the
first is a properly articulated security efforts.
The second is that, there has to be a
different kind of politics in the Northeast,
where state and Federal Government work
together instead of against each other and
where there is a much more common and
agreed agenda about what needs to be done
to correct many years of mis-governance
and of poor policy in the North-east.
“The third dimension has to be a
developmental and economic uplift agenda.
Too many, particularly young people are not
only without employment in the North-east
but because of the insurgency are without
any economic prospect whatsoever. No one
can live without hope and indeed if the
economic and the developmental aspect of
these are not addressed, the opportunities
for radicalisation are much greater. So,
those three things have to work in tandem,
the security instrument, politics and
development/economic approach.”
He however stated that with the new
government of President Muhammadu
Buhari, people are looking to a chance to get
out of the security situation in the North-
east, adding that, in the overall, there is
greater possibility of stability and economic
success, economic recovery perhaps than
they might have been before the election.
The High Commissioner said although the
army had some successes in 2013, those
efforts were not followed up and Boko
Haram came surging back in 2014 and
effectively controlled most of the North-
eastern country in Borno State as well as
Adamawa and Yobe.
“20, 000 people killed in a conflict is a very
serious matter,” he said.
He said in the overall, there is greater
possibility of stability and economic
success, economic recovery perhaps than
they might have been before the election.
“The British government has long been
involved in training Nigerian soldiers to fight
the very difficult anti-insurgency combat
that they are faced with in the North-east,”
he said. “We have done this with some
success. There is a lot more that we can do.
What we need is high level access to the
new people that President Buhari is likely to
appoint.”




 

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