Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, has called on Nigerians to reject terrorism in its entirety, saying the fight against terrorism would be futile without commensurate public support. Ihejirika made this call Tuesday in Abuja, at the 2nd Annual Seminar on National Security organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC) with the theme “Nation building and National Orientation imperatives for National Security.”
He emphasised that no matter the measures put in place by the military to fight the dreaded Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country, they could not guarantee the required level of result unless there was outright rejection of terrorists and terrorism. He said: “Whatever measures we put in place, we would not get the best result and fast enough unless the society as a whole reject terrorism without any justification.
“Those who try to justify acts of terrorism and avertedly sway terrorists, and some do so only to discover later that terrorism is not a matter to be negotiated and win.” Ihejirika said it was rather inconsiderate that large members of the society harboured criminal elements only for them to wakeup and site targets also within the society, whether they had achieve this through intimation or through collaboration or cajoling, this requires solution at the strategic level.
“It’s rather inconceivable that large members of the society would harbour criminals only for them to wake up and strike at targets within the society. Rather, they have achieved this through intimidation, control, collaboration, or cajoling or whatever means. We have a serious problem that requires solution at strategic levels, ” he said. The COAS insisted they will not negotiate with terrorists and that the military would continue to strategies and step up its operations with a view to conquering the enemies.