The Oasis Reporters
February 8, 2020
By Mike Odeh James
The Senator Representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Cliff Ishaku Abbo who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Nigerian Navy has identified several factors that are militating against the successful prosecution of the war against terror.
Speaking to journalists on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, Abbo said that out of the two hundred thousand military personnel that Nigeria has, only thirty thousand of them were deployed in the fight against Boko Haram. According to him, the military in the theatre of war in the North East is thinly spread and overstretched” .
According to him, the inability of the government to punish or prosecute Boko Haram suspects have also emboldened members of the group to further engage in their evil ways.
He expressed disamay at a situation where many Boko Haram members caught in acts of terrorism were not prosecuted .
“When the essence of the law is to punish lawbreakers, when law breakers are not punished ,then there is a problem.
” I don’t know how many Boko Haram suspects have been successfully prosecuted since the administration of Goodluck Jonathan to Buhari, even those caught fighting the military.
The lawmaker also identified lack of coordination between the branches of the military as another major factor bedeviling the fight against terror.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to saddle the office of the Chief of Defence Staff with the coordination of all the branches of the military as is being done in other countries.
Abbo further charged President Muhammad Buhari to ask the Service Chiefs, time frames when they would be able to achieve total victory over the insurgents .
The Senator also called for greater cooperation between the military, legislators and other security agencies to achieve quick and decisive victory.