Relocating Army headquarters to Borno won’t stop Boko Haram activities – Northern elders

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has rubbished the call for the relocation of the nation’s Army Headquarters to Borno State following the increasing rate of terrorist attack in the state. Spokesman of the group, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, told Punch that relocating the army headquarters to the volatile state wont end the Boko Haram activities. Abdullahi was reacting to the recent calls by the Nigerian Senate that the Army headquarters be temporarily relocation to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in furtherance of the war against Boko Haram terrorists. Abdullahi said that, although he’s a civilian, he was aware that the war between the Nigerian state and the insurgents was not a conventional one. He said “Guerilla warfare is the most difficult war to fight. The opposing side is not known. You don’t know where they are, they know where you are, you cannot identify them in towns but they can identify you. “It (relocation) may be important technically, but like I told you before, this is an asymmetric war where one party is known and the other is largely unknown. “Even powerful nations around the world have found it difficult to win. I always mention the need to dialogue. “There is guerilla warfare now raging in Afghanistan and this is why we said lessons ought to be learnt and if we are to win this war, we must get to the root cause of all the insurrection,” he said. The Northern leader added that since the problem was largely a human problem, dialogue was what would be required to end the insurgency.


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