A former Chief of Army Administration, Major-General Garba Wahab (retired), has stated that women have a major role to play in ending insurgency in Nigeria.
“Is the strategy being used working? are we getting more women in the Northeast especially in Borno to get involved because we need to look at basics of life in that area,” Wahab said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday
“If we get in the mothers it is possible for them to talk to their kids that look you can’t afford to join these organisations,” he added.
This is coming after reports in the country revealed the killing of at least 44 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno State on November 18.
However, an officer among the troop attacked at Metele told a foreign News platform, Reuters, that “the insurgents took us unawares. We lost about 100 soldiers. It is a huge loss.”
The former military boss blamed the brutal attack on information leakage and said: “the military needs to look at information that leads to intelligence.”
You cannot afford to allow your information to leak. A lot of information is leaking, it is the information you turn into intelligence,” Wahab said.
Wahab also advised the Nigerian Government to provide the troops with efficient equipments and motivate troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.
“We need to reassess. Is the equipment okay? Are the troops motivated? If the will to fight is not there, it behoves disaster because you must continuously motivate them.” Wahab said.
“Whether you like it or not, a lot of issues are involved. And it is not the only military because there is no military solution to this. You need to also look at the political issue, the economic and sociological perspectives,” he added.
He, therefore, affirmed that attention should be diverted from men rather the women should be enlightened to talk their kids out of joining the terrorist group.