Security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu has
advised the newly appointed military chiefs in the country to predict
victory over the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east, the North-east
banditry in the North-west and other sundry insurgencies in the
He said that by making a prediction of
victory and focusing on its achievement, the military chiefs may infact
defeat the sundry threats.
In a press statement issued in Lagos,
Dr. Ekhomu, who doubles as the National President of Association of
Industrial Security & Safety Operator of Nigeria (AISSON)said the
current outcome of the efforts to vanquish the terrorists, insurgents
and bandits was a stalemate.
He said: “While the bandits control three local governments in Niger State, the government controls all others. This means the adversaries are not winning and cannot win.
“ So, we have a stalemate. I’m therefore
calling upon the new service Chiefs to employ sophisticated knowledge
and cutting-edge military tools available to them to ensure victory.”
Dr. Ona who said that the service chiefs must be cerebral in approaching the “extant and existential security threats”, added that there has been a” metastasis of the threat, and just like COVID-19, more virulent strains of Boko Haram and banditry are evolving.
“The security situation is really quite troubling and needs to be addressed with utmost urgency and brilliance.”
The military chiefs to apply structured analytical thinking in inventing solutions to the security threats.
He advised the military helmsmen to use
powerful idea generation tools like morphological analysis, quadrant
crunching, cross impact matrix, nominal group technique, structured
brainstorming, virtual brainstorming and star bursting.
He also advised that the high level risk mitigation tools contained in his new book titled “Boko Haram Security Consideration and the Rise of an Insurgency”should be employed to combat the hydra-headed monster of insurgency, banditry and terrorism.
Dr. Ekhomu said that given the pedigree of the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor who he described as a “brainy, courageous and battle-hardened Military officer,” he was sure that the inter-service rivalry that had bedeviled integrated warfare against Boko Haram would be a thing of the past.
The first chartered security
professional in Nigeria thanked Mr. President for choosing an excellent
set of officers as service chiefs. He said that he is confident that
they will quickly win the support and cooperation of Nigerians which
will be crucial in defeating insurgency in the country.
He advised them to anticipate obstacles and overcome them. He said that encountering “dead ends, road closures and detours” are a part of the journey of leadership. As experienced leaders, the military chiefs are expected to overcome these obstacles and achieve victory.
POST by : Chinyere Onyemachi