The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, has advised the military against making its strategies against the Boko Haram insurgents public.
He gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja on the sideline of the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of Knights of St. John International, Commandery 574.
Ajakaye expressed concern over the way the Nigerian military revealed what he termed ‘sensitive’ anti-Boko Haram activities and plans in a bid to convince the public that “it was on top of the situation”.
According to him, such information usually gave the terrorists the opportunity to re-evaluate their own strategies.
“We should mind what we say. Even as we are planning, we do not make strategies and reveal them on the pages of newspapers and electronic media.
“When the new chief of defence staff was appointed, he said insurgency in the country will end in April 2014.
“Even if he was planning towards it, he shouldn’t have made such a statement. Since then, the insurgency has continued to escalate.
“As foreign countries are coming to help with the Chibok kidnapping, it should have been done in a way that it wouldn’t alert those insurgents”, he said.
The clergy man noted that telling the public the number of insurgents captured or killed was also not proper.
He also stressed the need for government to ensure that its entire security agencies were motivated enough to tackle insurgency.