Maiduguri – Major General Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, insists that the security situation in the North East is generally calm, as the Boko Haram insurgents have been degraded.
He was speaking with a team of experts from the Lake Chad Basin Commission under the auspices of the African Union (AU) who visited the Headquarters of Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Wednesday.
The team, which was led by Eleanor Nwadinobi, a gender advisor, was constituted by the AU in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force to proffer stabilisation and revitalisation strategies for the Lake Chad Basin.
Nwadinobi is a medical doctor and holder of a Masters in human rights and democratisation from Venice, Italy. Her career has spanned working as an anaesthetist with South East Kent health Authority, UK, and running a private medical practice in Nigeria.
She stated that the team was mandated to research and work out strategies in the areas of humanitarian, socio-economic, educational, governance, gender as well as prevention and countering of violent extremism to revitalise and stabilise the Lake Chad Basin.
The gender and human rights consultant revealed that in carrying out its mandate, it was expedient for the team to visit the Lake Chad Basin Commission member states. She, however, lauded the Theatre Command and troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for the successes so far recorded in the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.
Responding, Nicholas said the terrorists had resorted to isolated suicide bombing and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on vulnerable and soft targets.
While fielding questions from members of the team, the theatre commander lamented that a wrong narrative about the ongoing war on terror was undermining the operation and misrepresenting the command in the public domain.
According to him, Nigerian is at war and must be recognszed as such to enable the effective mobilisation of all instruments of national power to prosecute the war.
“It is high time we reversed the wrong narrative that the ongoing war is between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram insurgents; it is rather a war between the Nigerian nation and the Boko Haram terrorists,” he added.
The General pointed out that other stakeholders must play their roles in the multi-faceted war against the terrorists for the attainment of total defeat. He urged the team to be judicious in the execution of its mandate to facilitate the restoration of socio-economic development in the region.
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Author: Sunny Nwankwo