A former General Officer Commanding, One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, retired Major General Garba Ayodele Wahab, has cautioned Nigerians not to see the fight against the boko haram sect as over.
According to him, the battle against the insurgents is being well tackled but not totally won yet.
General Wahab made these submissions in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while answering questions from newsmen.
The retired General, who is also a security consultant, said he believed other members of the militant groups were still hiding in some countries, especially with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and that since they were being dislodged from those countries to places like Libya, Nigeria must be very cautious and careful.
Wahab said the fight against militancy was not the sole responsibility of the Army and other security agencies, but called for an integrated approach to solve the problem with the media, Non-Governmental Organizations and government agencies playing pivotal roles.
The former GOC said the present situation was as a result of globalization, which was the fall out of liberalization and democracy when “the Americans and Britons were using force in countries that were not ready to accept democracy. ”
The retired General said he had no regret joining the Nigerian Army and commended the government for the opportunity given to him to be well trained.
General Wahab also advocated the creation of a grazing reserve or ranches for the Fulani herdsmen to rear their cattle, explaining that most of their initial routes had been taken over by new roads due to development.
On the economy, the consultant said the present security challenges were part of it, calling on people to go back to the basics and avoid total dependence on the government.
He appealed to Nigerians to be patient in the fight against corruption, adding that it would take time to rebuild the system.