Scout Association Faults FG’s Approach in Fighting Boko Haram

The Nigeria Scout Federation has expressed dissatisfaction with the approach used by the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges posed on the country by the Boko Haram sect.
Chief Commissioner of the group, Colonel Ahmed Zubair (rtd) expressed the concern during the 2013 National WoodBadge Reunion on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Zubair, the Federal Government may not successfully combat the terrorism sect without knowing its “real” demand.
The scouts leader said: “On tackling Boko Haram, I will probably say the model at which they (Federal Government agencies) are doing things might not be all that is correct. What this means is that they will need to listen more to know what the root cause is. How did it all get started because they cannot be fighting without knowing why they are fighting and what is the aim of the people they are fighting?
“I used 32 years and six months in the force and I believe if we can solve Liberia and Sierra Leone conflict, we can also solve ours. It is just a matter of applying the right tactics and approach at the right time. The government is for the people and they are supposed to take the interest of the people paramount in their decision of doing anything.”
Former Chief Commissioner of NSF, Rev. Kunle Amolegbe, who condemned the activities of the Boko Haram sect, wondered why government left security in the hands of private individuals.
He said: “I wonder what kind of security we are talking about when those who are supposed to provide the security are not providing it as expected. Nigeria is porous, security is in the hands of the individuals and that is why you see that all of us are living in our homes like prisoners, we mount high gates, fences and others. From this you can be sure that the security of Nigeria is below expectation.
“Before we can solve Boko Haram’s problem, we must really know the root cause. We must be sure of what they are really fighting for. Some people look at it from religious point of view, some look at it from political point of view. With that, it becomes very difficult to put security in place or to really say what they are agitating for.”
However, Mr. Gilbert Akinlawon, who gave the welcome address, urged members of the scout federation not to derail from the objectives of the group.
“Boys Scouts should shun sense of nepotism, tribal sentiments, self-centeredness and face the business of youth development in earnest. We should all practise scouting according to the dictates of our founder,” he added.

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