The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Monday said the battle against terrorism can only be won if the Nigerian military authorities rethink their strategy.
In a statement released to the media after his a solidarity and condolence visit to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, in Maiduguri on Monday Tinubu was quoted as saying that Boko Haram insurgency was no longer a conventional warfare, but a more tactical, more reason and cruder battle against Nigeria and its citizens.
In the statement titled, ‘Boko Haram: Tinubu visits Zulum, wants military to change strategy’, Tinubu said killings by the terrorists are “cruder”.
The statement reads, “We have been on this (Boko Haram) for some time. We have seen the reaction of the Federal Government, we have seen the reaction of the armed forces, this is no longer conventional warfare, this is more tactical, more reason, cruder. In such a situation, what we do is to replan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life has been attacked more than one occasion in an effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty, he has protected and will continue to protect you.”
Tinubu also reasoned that no government can optimise its potentials when faced with a state of insurgency.
“You can’t concentrate, become innovative, and excel if you have to make educational development in fear. We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial, brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood not only for themselves but for all of us, at the end they were slaughtered. That’s not religion, it is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness,” Tinubu added.
Zulum, in his response, appreciated the “special visit” by the national leader of the APC.
Zulum reiterated the commitment of his administration to doing whatever it can, towards protecting the lives and property of the Borno people.