Boko Haram’s Modus Operandi Poses Serious Challenge To Us – Chief Of Army Staff

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The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-General Azuibuke Ihejirika, has expressed concern over the unpredictable and random nature of terrorist activities in the country, saying their modus operandi was posing a serious challenge to security forces in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos at the Interactive Session on Military-Media Relations in Nigeria, themed ‘Enhancing Military-Media Relations Towards Improved Security’.

“In Nigeria, the activities of Boko Haram sect and other terrorist groups continue to threaten peace and security while their modus operandi poses serious challenge to security forces in the country,” Ihejirika said.

“The affiliation of the sect to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Shabab has added an international dimension to its activities.”

The Army chief said it had been established that the Islamist sect’s declared intent was the Islamisation of the entire Northern states of Nigeria without regards to constitution of the country, noting that any country or community whose citizens had high level of security awareness had greater chances of defeating terrorists.

According to him, the role of the media in warfare took root in the dynamics of the global security environment. He also explained that it was established that the primary goal of terrorists was to win the attention of the media both home and abroad, and decision makers in government.

“It is for this reason that terrorists carefully select the places in which they carry out their attacks to provide the best media coverage. On the whole, terrorists rely on the media as a tool to shrink the power asymmetry between them and the governments they fight, create an atmosphere of fear and suspicion, legitimise their acts, and reach greater audience.

“All these attributes have come to play in the activities of Boko Haram here in Nigeria, and that explains why we need to continuously partner with the media to deal with the menace.”
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-General Azuibuke Ihejirika, has expressed concern over the unpredictable and random nature of terrorist activities in the country, saying their modus operandi was posing a serious challenge to security forces in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos at the Interactive Session on Military-Media Relations in Nigeria, themed ‘Enhancing Military-Media Relations Towards Improved Security’.

“In Nigeria, the activities of Boko Haram sect and other terrorist groups continue to threaten peace and security while their modus operandi poses serious challenge to security forces in the country,” Ihejirika said.

“The affiliation of the sect to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Shabab has added an international dimension to its activities.”

The Army chief said it had been established that the Islamist sect’s declared intent was the Islamisation of the entire Northern states of Nigeria without regards to constitution of the country, noting that any country or community whose citizens had high level of security awareness had greater chances of defeating terrorists.

According to him, the role of the media in warfare took root in the dynamics of the global security environment. He also explained that it was established that the primary goal of terrorists was to win the attention of the media both home and abroad, and decision makers in government.

“It is for this reason that terrorists carefully select the places in which they carry out their attacks to provide the best media coverage. On the whole, terrorists rely on the media as a tool to shrink the power asymmetry between them and the governments they fight, create an atmosphere of fear and suspicion, legitimise their acts, and reach greater audience.

“All these attributes have come to play in the activities of Boko Haram here in Nigeria, and that explains why we need to continuously partner with the media to deal with the menace.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. If you cannot defeat the Boko Haram’s strategy,then resign and let a more vibrant general come on board. But to be sincere,I least expected that from the COAS.

  2. Simply put dat our soldiers hav been defeated…….by d way who told u dat force is d only instrumnt to keep nig as one after 100yrs of fruitles amalgamation….army is doin a wrong job against a pple who ar determined to liberate themself frm their ruling class espcialy emirs nd politicians who ar feedin fat on norten resources while d rest roam d streets as almajirai…..bkharam shuld go against our politicians both in d north nd south as we d southerners hav been weaknd in d spirit nd cant fight bcos our preachers hav suceedd in preachin thou shall not kill even wen d bible says dat only d violence take it by force….d preachin today hav been properly narrowed to oferins , tyte nd donations which they use d money in maintainin their lifestyle nd family ……nig shuld imidiately knw dat christainity is a conduite pipe to milk down dia victims in d believ dat god will build a mantion for dem in haven on an asumed last day if they obey their teachins …..china remained in dia custom nd tradition now blendd wit industry nd comerce nd today they rule d world while here in nig pple go to mornin mass aftrenoon felowship nd evenin bible study instead of engagin dia hands with labour nd industry nd dats why crimes ar every were today bcos d god in heaven has not given dem manner frm haven as they prayed..

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