Military response alone cannot stop Boko Haram, says Chief of Air Staff

CHIEF of Air-Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu has said that only a synergy among the various security agencies in the country can effectively defeat terrorism.

Amosun, who spoke against the backdrop of violence and wanton destruction of lives and property by the dreaded Islamic sect said military response to Boko Haram insurgency cannot provide complete solution to terrorism.

Air Mashall Amosu spoke at a public lecture titled “Fighting Terrorism and Insurgency in Nigeria: The Nigerian Air Force Perspective” organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan (UI) to mark their 50th anniversary.

Amosu noted that Nigeria must consolidate on anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism campaigns including measures to tackle the root causes of terrorist action whilst ensuring the development of a robust protective protocols, systems, procedures and infrastructure.

“Undoubtedly the military response to terrorism is fundamental and must remain robust and effective. However, in view of the complex nature of the threat, the military response, though necessary, may not provide a complete solution.”

While speaking on the activities of his men, Amosu said the air force has carried out more than 5,390 missions comprising 2,468 on various ground attack platforms, 1,443 air surveillance and 1,479 airlift missions.

“The air force has recorded significant gains in the ongoing effort, the war has brought to the fore the need for a critical look at how we define air power vis-à-vis shaping of the battle space and control of air.”

While noting that the air force has creditably degraded, destabilised and demoralised Boko Haram terrorists, Amosu called for a radical paradigm shift hinged on acceptance of collective responsibility among Nigerians and a rejection of complacency and mediocrity to effectively wipe out terrorism in Nigeria.

He called for effective border patrol in the north while calling for reduction of all existing border posts to five designated entry points for border crossing with a view to completely curtailing the freedom of action of terrorist groups.

Air Mashall Amosu tasked the Federal Government to “encourage state and local government to rebuild commercial car parks and strictly control their operating times.

“They should also introduce technology to detect improvised explosive devices and other dangerous substances. In essence, we must activate a culture in which security features are considered essential as basic amenities.”

In his welcome address, Head, Department of Political Science, Prof. Osisioma Nwolise noted that it is difficult for a nation to completely defeat a determined terror group in good time and at lesser costs on the frequency of military strategy alone

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