Borno Massacre: 5 heads that need to roll – Seye Olaniyonu

Borno Massacre: 5 heads that need to roll – Seye Olaniyonu

Failure has consequences, but when the consequences involve the gruesome murder of 43 farmers, as was recorded in Borno state recently, heads need to roll.


In 2015, the current administration campaigned hard, citing security as one of its main focus. In October 2015, Buhari declared that the Boko Haram insurgents will be routed by December of 2015.


“Structured attacks by the insurgents have reduced and by the end of the year, we should see the final routing of Boko Haram as an organized fighting force,” he had said.


However, not only have the insurgents taken over remote locations in the North East; there are now other terror groups in the region and banditry is almost overrunning the North West. More worrisome is the fact that most of the regions have one security challenge or more. Unfortunately, there appears a cluelessness from the government in reining in the problem.


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The President has lethargically refused to take basic steps in solving the security predicament bedevilling the country. Everything depends on security. There cannot be an economy when there is no security. As a matter of fact, Nigeria faces huge food security challenge as farmers can’t even go to the farm in several parts of the country.


People who are supposed to be without a job following Borno massacre


Gen Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff)


For a very long time, the heads of the military have been lumped together. It is important to make it clear that though all the present Service Chief have long overstayed their welcome; Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai tops the list of the people that need to go.


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Buratai has been in the position for more than five years, being the longest-serving Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria. Under his watch, the country seems to be losing more territory to bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and so forth.


The massacre of helpless farmer in Borno state over the weekend is a further dent in his record.


It’s difficult to justify the unwillingness of the President to relieve Buratai of his job.



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Gen Mohammed Monguno (NSA)


The second person that needs booting from office is the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen Muhammed Monguno. Incidentally, Monguno is the coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Center (CTC).


Monguno (right)


According to the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended in 2013; the Act designates the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) as the Coordinating Office for Nigeria’s Counterterrorism efforts.


The Act also gives ONSA the mandates to “ensure the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive Counter Terrorism Strategy and build capacity for the effective discharge of the functions of relevant security, intelligence, law enforcement and military services.”


In line with the foregoing, the Counter Terrorism Centre (CTC) was established in 2012. It is located in the Office of the National Security Adviser.


Monguno has been in office since 2015 after he replaced the disgraced Col. Sambo Dasuki. However, while any scandal of $2.1billion is yet to emerge, in terms of performance; there appears to be nothing to talk about. As the coordinator of counter-terrorism, Boko Haram has become emboldened in recent times. Repeated daring attacks including a series of assassination attempts on the Borno State governor have been recorded.


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Abayomi Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff)


General Abayomi Olonisakin has been in his position since 2015. But like his contemporaries, the military has not been able to in any way end the protracted campaigns against the insurgents. With the terrible involvement of the military in the #EndSARS protest; the Army is enjoying very little to no public support, a situation that has long term international impact that could affect the procurement of arms and ammunition.


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The Chief of Defence Staff is responsible for formulating policies on National security. The country is fighting on all fronts but still has a battered image, both nationally and internationally under his watch.



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 Abubakar Siddique (Chief of Air Staff)


To be fair to the Air Force, there has been a remarkable increase in the bombing of insurgents and bandits’ strongholds and providing support for the ground troops.


However, this is not enough.




The country is yet unable to fully deploy the UAV it paid heavily for in the fight against the insurgents. Reconnaissance programs of the Air Force should be the huge intelligence-gathering unit for the military. It is not enough to drop the bomb that can kill indiscriminately, but deploying technology to improve intelligence gathering is paramount.



Yusuf Bichi (DG of DSS)


An acting Director-General, Matthew Seiyefa was snubbed to pick him. So, it begs the question, what the heck is Yusuf Bichi doing there?


Bichi (right)


The DSS is an intelligence-gathering organization. However, nothing appears to be forthcoming in terms of intelligence gathering. Of course, maybe they are doing the work in the background, but the 43 beheaded in Borno tells a different story.




Finally, the President can resign if he feels none of this guys is responsible for the inability of the country to prosecute the war on terror. Indeed, the constant condolence messages from Garba Shehu on behalf of the president is getting ridiculous and reeks of cluelessness.

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