A Nigerian security consultant based in The Netherlands, Mr. Jonathan Mgbejume, weekend, said from all indications, the Federal Government appears to be winning the war on terrorism in view of the recent successes chalked in the efforts to flush out the Boko Haram insurgents from their strongholds in the North-eastern part of the country.
Speaking in a telephone interview from his base in The Netherlands, Mgbejume said though there appeared to be a resurgence in the activities of the terrorists some weeks ago, the Nigerian Army seems to have improved on its information gathering and intelligence system in dealing with the insurgents.
He however advised that the security operatives need to talk less and be more decisive in their actions so as frustrate the activities of moles in the system.
’’Before now, it appeared that information gathering had been poor, hence the resurgence of terrorism by Boko Haram. But now, those in charge appear to have put their acts together as evidenced in the recent successes achieved against the insurgents, ’’ he said.
He lamented the penetration of the security outfits by saboteurs.
’’People who are close to government are selling out and President Goodluck Jonathan has been having sleepless nights because he is not an intelligent-gathering officer, ’’ he added.
He advised Nigerians not to be carried away by the race toward 2015, saying security of lives and property should be paramount to all. ’’We concern ourselves more in things that are not necessary. The concern should not be entirely on who gets what in 2015 but the current challenges facing us as a nation which is general insecurity, ’’ he said.
On the controversy about the claim that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, may not have been killed after all, Mgbejume noted that the claim that Shekau is still alive may just be a ploy, warning that the claim should be properly investigated.
’’It is not uncommon for terrorists to use such claim as a ploy to deceive security operatives and create the impression that they (terrorists) are winning the war. It is a psychological weapon. But the onus falls on the various security outfits to properly investigate the claim to ascertain its veracity. Intelligence has to confirm the genuineness or otherwise of the video,’’ he said.
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