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THIS DECEMBER DEADLINE LOOKS DEAD, By John Danfulani, Ph.D

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THIS DECEMBER DEADLINE LOOKS DEAD, By John Danfulani, Ph.D

NEWISSUES, Abuja

Penultimate months,the Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria Armed Forces gave his military commander December 2015 as the last month to crush and flatten the deadly terrorist group Boko Haram .We have two full moons and a few days for his order to expire. Events in the frontline are promising because the terrorists have been made to stand on one-leg and the second leg up.Territories under their full control and quasi administration have been liberated and returned into the federation.

Recent events are demonstrating that their is more than meet the eye on the ease to which the military recaptured territories under their control. It was simply a change of strategy and tactics by the dreaded group.They reversed back to their initial strategy of bombing of selective targets. So far, they have been doing that without encountering hurdles. As usual, they are projecting their terroristic activities in most parts of the north- including FCT.

With this change in tactic, can the military meet up with the December deadline set by their Commander-in-Chief? I doubt it. If at the end my doubt becomes real, what will be the fate of the field commanders? More to this, what will be effect of any action or inaction of PMB on the morale of the troop in the field?

Placing 90% of the success of this war on military combat is strategically lame because non military options are equally vital in any war on terror. Cutting up their sources of finance and supply, effective intelligence gathering and interpretation, ideological warfare, and social reorientation of the entire citizenry on pedestal security rudiments are equally essential in the war.

Because of the limited understanding of leaders manning our security architecture, most of the other non military options are hardly incorporated in the defense budget. If they don’t take cognizance of this reality and its vitality in this war against Boko Haram, the country will live long with this menace.

 

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