Boko Haram: Governors ask Nigerian government to review security strategy

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

The NGF commiserated with family of Yobe massacre victims.

The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, has asked the Federal Government to review its strategies in the fight against the insurgents in the northeastern part of Nigeria because the current approach had failed.

It specifically asked the government to engage new allies wherever they may be in the world.

The Forum stated this in a statement on Friday by its Chairman, Chibuike Amaechi, who is also the governor of Rivers State.

Three North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa recently witnessed a spate of killings by the dreaded Boko Haram sect despite the state of emergency imposed on the states since last year.

In the early hours of Tuesday, at least 29 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, Yobe State, were murdered by members of the sect.

Condemning the incidents, the NGF said time has come for the Federal Government to review its strategies.

“It is gratifying that government – Federal and State – are working hard to get to the root of the killings and nip these orgy of violence in the bud,” the Forum said.

“However, we also believe the time has come for the Federal Government to comprehensively review the strategies with which it is fighting this insurgency.

“The current approach is definitely not working and it is important that all of us are humble and sincere enough to accept this reality and then work out a stronger and more workable strategy.”

The NGF, however, said the fight against the terrorists should not be left to the federal and state governments. It urged Nigerians to help the security agencies with accurate and timely information.

The Forum said it was alarmed by the slaughter of 29 pupils at the Federal Government College in Yobe and the unprovoked attacks against defenceless people in those states.

It commiserated with the people and government of those states, the families of the victims, and prayed God to give them and indeed every Nigerian the fortitude to bear the loss.

“This is a very difficult period for our country and its people and we must collectively pray and rally round families, friends and fellow citizens affected by these tragedies. We must provide whatever support and save the lives of those still alive,” it said.

“While security agencies should continue to do their jobs as professionally as possible, we appeal to all aggrieved individuals and groups in Nigeria to appreciate the fact that violence can never be a solution to any problem.

“We have no other country to call home and it is important that we understand the danger and futility of destroying our land in the pursuit of a selfish agenda.”

The Forum commended the security agencies for the sacrifice they were making in the interest of us all to restore calm to all parts of our country.

It also urged the Federal Government “to continue to support affected states in the bid to check violence.

“The Federal Government should remain focused and continue to provide leadership until every part of Nigeria is rid of violence and insurgency.”


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  • Excisionist

    HOW TO DEFEAT Boko Haram

    It is very easy to defeat Boko Haram and their sponsors. Jonathan and the military need to act decisively.

    First of all, does anyone believe that the resurgence of deadly attacks by BH at this very time is an accident? It comes at a time when APC
    and all those who promised to make Jonathan’s term ungovernable and
    those who have their eyes on 2015 election have also stepped up their
    pressure on the president along with Boko Haram
    members in the Nigerian army. Does this not suggest that they are all
    working together in a well coordinated assault? At the same time, we see
    these wicked people laughing at and taunting Jonathan.

    The Solution.
    The president should order the troops back to a well defined defendable frontline.
    This line should be determined by the needs and wishes of the people of
    the area. Northern leaders in the North East and North West want the
    same thing as Boko Haram. They want to be
    governed, not by the constitution of Nigeria but instead by Islamic
    Sharia Law. This wish should be respected in a way that does not
    continuously endanger the lives of Nigerians.

    The frontline

    We know that not all the states where Sharia was declared are predominantly Muslim. For instance, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and Gombe states. The Tafawa Balewa parts of Bauchi as well as other predominantly Christian Local Government areas in Bauchi
    and other Sharia states in the Middle Belt are other examples. The
    military should pull back from all predominantly Muslim local
    governments in the North East and North West. They should take along
    with them all Non-Muslim families and resettle them behind the frontline. Likewise, all Muslims in the LGs
    dominated by people of other religions should be moved to predominantly
    Muslim areas. All other Muslims who want to live by Sharia law in all
    other states (especially the new breed of wannabe fundamentalists
    Muslims in the South West) should be moved to the predominantly Muslim
    territory in the North East and North West Zones .

    This will result in a situation which the Nigerian
    military is trained to deal with. A situation where it is easy to
    identify and locate the enemy as against living with and protecting
    people who will slip out at odd times and go to shoot their protectors
    as well as innocent and unarmed civilians, students, Youth Corpers, farmers, women, children etc. A secure border should be established and anything moving south from that should be shot.

    This kind of population movement is not new.
    It happened in India when they were having exactly similar problem as
    Nigeria today. This is the only way to defeat Boko Haram
    and their other sponsors, one of the major sponsors having been
    suspended from his source of fund. Jonathan needs to act speedily.



    • Fakorede Akin

      Its People like you that keeps misleading the President and diverting attention from the proper action that ought to be taking . Why put the blame for security failure on the foot steps of another person ? The president is the commander in chief . He appoints all the service commanders and control all security organisations , he holds the key and solution to the problem yet it’s APC and Northern Politicians that controls nothing that you see as the problem .Boko Haraem is purely a security issue , let the security agents deal with it . With the right funding and right equiptments including drones and satellite imaging Boko Harem will be over in weeks and not months . 1600 Boko Harem members cannot hold 160million people to ransome . Let the President lead from the front in an exemplary manner and Boko Harem will vanish . Don’t call APC because you need someone else to blame for the failure of initiatives and lack of good managerial skills . Be objective and reasonable on serious national issues please .

  • Night Crawler

    They should please come up with better strategy, because clueless GEJ is just making f**l of himself while innocent people are dying, instead he should find a better solution, he will rather call a meeting, visiting Obas and Emirs, chasing after his political ambition, You will fail woefully in 2015

  • Amina

    Amaechi please stop all childish taik on national dallies.Nobody is interested in your reason of not going to ABuja for centenary celebration.What should concern you now is how is APC going to win election come 2015.youhave to start planning now and pls kep your mouth short for a while .otherwise you will loose your supporters.leave Uncle Jonathan alone.He is gone into thin air come 2015.start reconciling and winning people to your side before then.Must you be on dallied every day.otherwise you will loose mor followers by all this childish did not attend and so what.has heaven have not gain anything nor Jonathan lost anything.