Boko Haram Is A Failure of Leadership – Ashiru

Dele Ashiru UNILAGA Political Scientist at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Dele Ashiru, has attributed the state of insecurity in Nigeria to a failure of leadership, occasioned by the nature of Nigerian politics.

He also extended the purported leadership deficiency to the military forces which he accused of fighting terrorism without a strategy. Ashiru was Channels Television’s guest on Sunrise Daily.

He made reference to the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, whom he accused of putting blames on the media rather than confronting the situation as the Chief of Defence Staff. He also berated the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, for putting the responsibility of fighting Boko Haram on the people.

He asked, “Which people? The disillusioned people? The people who are on a daily basis being challenged by the failure of Government at all levels?”

“Boko Haram didn’t start as a terrorist organization; it became a terrorist group after the killing of Mohammed Yusuf. Until as we speak, the military captured Mohammed Yusuf alive, handed him over to the Police – if I’m correct, and between that space of two minutes, the guy was gone” he said, while explaining his earlier statement, “we must address the issue of justice.”

He noted that there cannot be peace without justice, irrespective of what the challenges facing the country were. He explained, “Whether you talk about militancy, agitation, or terrorism; at the root of all of these is the question of justice. There is injustice everywhere.”

He insisted that “Those who were extra judicially killed for whatever idea they profess deserve some form of justice and you need to also increase intelligence gathering.”

He continued, “Some people have been named; senators, governors – Kabiru Umar, was arrested in a government lodge in Abuja; Zakari Biu (Commissioner of Police who was dismissed for  engineering the jailbreak of Kabiru Sokoto). There is some kind of unholy alliance between some characters within the Nigerian state.”

On the role of the people in the fight against terrorism, he enthused, “the people can help only if they are sure that they have a leadership that can protect them in all ramifications.”

Police authority fires Biu over Kabiru Sokoto’s escape

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday announced the dismissal of Zakari Biu from the police force. Mr Biu was a commissioner of police.
The dismissed Police Commissioner was in charge of the anti-terrorism squad from whose custody the suspected mastermind of the Christmas day bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madala, Niger State, Kabiru Sokoto escaped. 42 people were confirmed dead as a result of the bomb blast.

The decision to fire Mr Biu was taken at the meeting of the PSC which was held in Abuja on Wednesday and presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Parry B.O. Osayande.

In a statement released after the meeting and signed by Ferdinand U. Ekpe on behalf of the Commission’s Chairman, Mr Biu was sacked as “a result of his culpability in the escape of Sokoto.”


The PSC in the press statement also announced the promotion of seven police officers to the rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police.
Those promoted to the positions of DIG included – Suleiman Dauda Fakai, Atiku Yusufu Kafur, Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji, Haruna John, Peter Yisa Gana, Marvel Akpoyibo, and Abdurahaman Olajide Akano Osun – iragbiji.

13 officers were also promoted to the rank of Assistant General of police, while the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde was also promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of police.