A former Military Administrator of Kebbi State, Col. John Ubah (rtd), has said that the constant killing and kidnapping of Nigerians by Boko Haram showed that the group was far from defeated as claimed by the Federal Government.
The immediate-past Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) stated that instead of making unsubstantiated claims, the Federal Government should come up with innovative ways to defend the country and protect Nigerians.
But he said that these must never include entering into any negotiation with insurgents, bandits, and kidnappers.
He stressed that the nation has found it difficult to end insurgency because the training of Nigerian soldiers was tailored towards conventional warfare and not counter-insurgency.
Also, the ex-ACF scribe lambasted opposition elements for escalating security challenges of insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.
This is just as he called on Nigerians to support the present administration in its bid to secure the country.
Speaking on the acclaimed defeat of Boko Haram, he said, “There is insecurity all over the country. They have not been defeated; the battle is still on.
“It is more difficult now because the average Nigerian is not committed to a common course. Everybody is individualistic; it is only what concerns me that I can be committed to. We should know that all of us constitute (the) government.
“The issue of mass education of civic responsibility is no longer there. The political and social education is not adequately impacted on the people to ensure that citizens are patriotic to the course of fighting the country’s challenges and helping the government to fight the insurgency.”
Ubah disagreed with calls for the sack of the nation’s service chiefs, saying it could derail counter-insurgency operations in the country.