The Nigerian Army has identified unpleasant civil-military relationship as a major hindrance towards addressing the insurgence of the Boko Haram sect, saying that the army needs information to ascertain the sect’s centre of gravity.
The chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika, said the task before the army and other security agencies was premised on intelligence, which is largely dependent on information supplied by the civil population but regretted that it’s not easy to obtain.
The COAS stated this over the weekend at the closing ceremony of a one-week capacity building workshop for commanding officers from 1 and 3 divisions which held in Kaduna.
Represented by the GOC 1 Mechanized Division, Army Headquarters, Kaduna, Maj. Gen. Garba Wahab, Ihejirika said it was unfortunate that the same civil population who expect the military to perform magic by rooting out the terrorist group at once are not ready to provide them with meaningful information that will assist in carrying out such assignment.
He stated: “Without necessary information, we cannot determine the centre of gravity of these guys, that is the unique problem we have.
“This is why we are appealing to the whole public, because the essence of the whole thing we are doing is premised on information and intelligence. The same people who want us to come out and perform magic are not ready to give us information.
“We have two ways of doing our job. It is either we go attrition or maneuvering. If we go attrition, the whole world would call us and say we have killed one million people in Bauchi and 1,000 in so, so place.
“If we go manoeuvring, what we are looking for is the centre of gravity; what is that thing that makes this organization perform?
The COAS therefore tasked the commanding officers who participated in the one-week workshop to embark on psychological operation in collaboration with the media and the entire citizenry to be able to obtain information that will aid them in the task of ensuring the safety of every Nigerian.
Bomb explosion destroys 3 cars in Kano
A content suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) allegedly hid under a car has exploded in Kano, leading to destruction of three cars.
The incident took place yesterday near a joint along Aitken Road, off New Road in Sabon Gari, Kano.
According to an eyewitness, there was no casualty. But residents of the area were said to have been thrown into panic over the development.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)for the Kano State Police Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya, said nobody died during the incident.