Babangida endorses Buhari
Former president Ibrahim Babangida has expressed confidence in president Muhammad Buhari’s ability to steer Nigeria clear of its problems.
Babangida, who spoke to journalists on his 74th birthday on Sunday, said Buhari was fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign.
“Buhari is not doing badly trying to change the stereotype impression foreigners have about the country and her citizenry – always ascribed with negativity,” he said.
“I believe he will try to be resolute in trying to stamp out this mess you talk about – oil thefts,” he further stated.
Babangida revealed that the government of Goodluck Jonathan couldn’t solve the Boko Haram issue because fighting them required more than conventional war tactics.
“I think there is a general misunderstanding on the whole concept of insurgency; you can call it anything but one thing you will realise is that we are not fighting a regular army where you can confront yourselves by sheer use of force weapons to overwhelm the enemy.
“You have to get a small trained army, the tactics of which must include ‘maximum casualty’ on the so- called enemy, inflict casualty on him where he lands when he least expect it. We are not fighting a conventional war and that makes it exceptionally difficult.
“They will blow up bridges; they will go and blow up barracks and so forth and so on. So, this is unconventional warfare. It is in order that the soldiers are trained for it and they know that this is the sort of things they do. The public should be educated about this conventional war – that fighting Boko Haram required different tactics from conventional war,” he said.