The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has stressed the need for the Nigerian army to change its strategy to be able to defeat Boko Haram, bandits and other criminal elements terrorizing Nigeria.
The former Lagos State Governor, who spoke yesterday, December 14 when he visited Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, in Maiduguri, said: “we have been on this (Boko Haram) for some time. We have seen the reaction of the Federal Government, we have seen the reaction of the armed forces, this is no longer conventional warfare; this is more tactical, more reason, cruder.
“In such a situation, what we do is to re-plan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life been attacked more than one occasion in an effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty. He has protected and will continue to protect you.”
Tinubu, who was on a sympathy visit to the Governor over the killing of farmers by Boko Haram insurgents, added that under insurgency governance would hardly excel.
“You can’t concentrate, become innovative, and excel if you have to make educational development in fear. We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial, brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood not only for themselves but for all of us, at the end they were slaughtered. That’s not religion, it is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness.”
In his response, Governor Zulum expressed appreciation on which he described as “special visit” by the national leader of the APC.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to doing whatever it can towards protecting the lives and property of the Borno people.