Government Should Stop Mixing Politics With Security – Expert

Channels Television  
Updated February 10, 2016

Security ConsultantA Security Consultant has given his views on reasons why the military is yet to tackle the Boko Haram Insurgent in Nigeria’s north-east region.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Mr Richard Amuwa, said that the problem Nigeria has been battling with, for over six years, is politics.

“There is no way you can mix politics with security,” he said.

Answering a question on whether Nigerians has responded properly to solving the problem of insurgency, the Security Consultant said “we have not been able to respond because this kind of insurgency is not fought with ordinary people.”

While talking about the impacts of the 10,000 police officers President Muhammadu Buhari planned to recruit, Mr Amuwa said that the 10,000 is like a drop in the ocean.

“How can 350,000 police officers protect over 170 million Nigerians.”

President Buhari, on August 17, 2015, said that the Federal Government is emplacing appropriate framework that would facilitate the employment of an extra 10, 000 Police officers.

The President also said that government is to establish properly trained and equipped federal anti- terrorism, multi-agency task force that would effectively address the challenges of Boko Haram and any form of insurgency in a sustainable manner.

The Security Consultant, however, gave suggestions on how the police could immensely contribute in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Officers must undergo training, the government should improve the Public Relation sector of the police and the government should leverage on public/private partnership with the police,” he added.