Buhari’s deadline far from realistic – Experts

By Amako Nneji November 26, 2015 18:02

Buhari’s deadline far from realistic – Experts

With the December 31 deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to end Boko Haram insurgency draws closer, the Centre for Crisis Communication, CCC, Thursday, November 26, has stated that  the December deadline is not tenable.

CCC Executive Secretary, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas while briefing the press in Abuja  held that “the timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states is therefore not tenable in the current efforts by the armed forces of Nigeria.

Anas warned Nigerians not to not view December as a “sacrosanct date when all suicide bombings will end.”

In June, Buhari ordered the military to crush insurgency by December, but the extremists have pushed back with village raids and urban suicide bombings that have killed more than 1,500 people since Buhari’s inauguration on May 29.

See:  Buhari ignores Boko haram body count, insists on December deadline

While admitting that it might not be wrong to set targets for military operations as was done, he stressed that “it must also be stated that this target date might be unrealistic.”

“This submission is predicated on the fact that asymmetric warfare which the Boko Haram is prosecuting against the Nigeria is not such that can be easily be stamped out by the Armed Forces,” he said.

Quoting the just-concluded United Nations General Assembly, Anas said “that terrorism as an ideology is largely emotive because it has to do with the mind. Force has never been known to combat, in a precise manner, any issue that has to do with the mind.”

The Centre stressed that “Similarly, we should also not trade blame with the military over the issue. Nigerians should rather continue to cooperate with the government and support the security forces to ensure that the enemies do not continue to have an opportunity to unleash terror in our country.”

Concerning the millions already displaced by the insurgency especially in the N/Eastern parts of the country, the CCC expressed concern about their plight, which it described as precarious and needing urgent attention.

“The Centre is strongly suggesting the establishment of a lead government agency that will develop a Marshall plan for the rehabilitation of all the displaced people in the North East.