Following the unabated acts of terrorism being perpetrated across Nigeria by the Islamists terror group, Boko Haram, security experts are continuing to advise the federal government on ways to win the war against terrorism in the country.
Commenting on the menace during Channels Television’s weekend breakfast show Sunrise, on Saturday, 28 June, 2014, Mr Ladi Thompson, a security expert, urged Nigerians to always remain alert, security conscious and report any strange movements or items to the nearest security agency.
Mr Thompson noted that the bomb blast that happened in Abuja on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, shouldn’t have come to any Nigerian as a surprise.
He said “if anybody was surprised by the bombing in Abuja, it would mean that that person has refused to face the reality of what we have on ground in Nigeria.”
* Analysts speaking on wave of terrorism in Nigeria on Channels TV
He argued that security operatives were using an inferior tactic in solving the insurgency and bringing the culprits to book.
“I would have preferred the Federal Government to diagnose the problem properly and also brace up the nation for the reality on ground, instead of empty promises that cannot be backed up”, he said.
Also speaking on the programme, a public affairs analyst, Mr Dare Ogunlana, noted that there were different approaches to fighting terrorism but noted that using brute and military forces has never solved an insurgency.
He went memory lane to mention the case of Hamas-Hezbollah in Lebanon, stating that “there is no way you can deter them; the only thing you can do is to deter their supporters.”
He berated the inability of the security apparatchik to arrest those behind the insurgency, maintaining that the Boko Haram members have succeeded in confusing Nigerians to engage in the blame game instead of dealing with the insurgency head on.
Mr Bala Zakka also joined the discussion. He noted that the Boko Haram group were out to carry out a vision to “render the country lawless and the government powerless and irrelevant” and have decided “to apply all kind of forces to dislodge any form of human and material on their way to achieve that.”
He warned that though “the foot soldiers (insurgents) have been indoctrinated using the weapon of propaganda and radicalism, the masterminds are sound, educated and probably very strong people in terms of finances and intelligence.”
* Scene of bomb blast in Abuja
He also warned that negotiation should not be used as a form of bringing the insurgency to an end.
It could be recalled that an explosion occurred on Wednesday, June 25 at a shopping mall, Emab Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
It was the third deadly explosion in the Federal Capital Territory, in two months. The explosion killed no fewer than 21 persons and injured 17 others.
Security operatives, however, said they arrested two suspects for the blast but one of them reportedly died later.
Also in Kaduna, not fewer than 123 people were killed by Fulani gunmen in the continued onslaught on some villages in Sanga Local Government Area, on Wednesday, June the 25.