The Security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu has advised the newly appointed
military chiefs in the country to project victory over the Boko Haram
insurgency in the Northeast, banditry in the Northwest and other sundry
challenges in the country.
Ekhomu, said that by making a prediction of victory and
focusing on its achievement, the military chiefs may defeat the sundry threats.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Ekhomu, said that the
current outcome of the efforts to vanquish the terrorists, insurgents and
bandits was a stalemate.
“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”.
He also said that the service Chiefs must be cerebral in
approaching the “extant and
existential security threats”.
He said 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
He urged 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
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
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.
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