Colonel (rtd) Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser
19 July, 2014
Reacting to comments made by the chairman of the newly inaugurated Committee on Victim Support Fund, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd.) to the effect that the war against Boko Haram insurgents is taking too long, a serving general within the Nigerian Army,said moles who have ceased being loyal to the Constitution of Nigeria are largely responsible for the seeming failure of the counter-insurgency in the North East.
General Danjuma,while making comments after the inauguration last Wednesday, had expressed worry over the protracted war against terrorism and had asked the government to as a matter of urgency act fast and ensure that Boko Haram is brought to its knees.
He had said that: “The insurgents appear to be having an upper hand at this very moment. They pick and choose where to strike; they are even holding positions and displacing us. We must win this war, Mr President. We must do so immediately.”
But in a swift reaction to the challenge, a serving general said some of the problems standing between the military and victory over the terrorists, include desertion,delay in the trial of arrested suspected terrorists, hostility of some communities in the northeast, political elites sympathetic to the insurgents, lack of motorable roads, insufficient mobility on the part of the troops, undue criticism of the troops,peculiarity of the counter-insurgency operations, amongst others.
According to him, “I read what General Danjuma said and I can really understand his position, but perhaps if he had known what we are going through, especially the challenges we are facing over the counter-insurgency operations, he would have given us kudos for how we are able to contain the insurgents,” the general, who does not want his name in print said.