Nigerian Army must change its strategy and tactics to curb insecurity, says Don

Written by on October 22, 2019

A Professor of African Studies at King’s College, London, Abiodun Alao has asked Nigerian military high command to change its strategy and tactics to tackle the multi-security challenges in Nigeria.

The strategy and tactics, according to the don, include both forward deployments and better organic strategy between the land and air components of the Nigerian Army.

Professor Also, who is the Programme Director, African Leadership Centre, School of Global Affairs and Chair. African Community of Practice, King’s College, London, said this today while delivering the thirty fifth Convocation lecture of the University of Ilorin titled ” Issues and Thoughts on Securing Nigeria “.

He lamented that the Nigeria has spent so much financial and human resources on the military and channeling fewer resources on the Police, Directorate of State Security Service and other security agencies responsible for internal security.

Professor Also added that the Nigerian military has become the jack of all security trade and it is overstretched, while its effectiveness compromised.

He therefore charged the federal government to honestly re-orientate and re-equip the police, the Civil Defence Corps and other paramilitary forces involved in internal security.

The Professor of African Studies however suggested that the Police Mobile Force should be reorganized and expanded, provided with own air assets and given military training to take up limited counter insurgency operations deep within the country’s territory, while the military fights along the borders.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age AbdulKareem, described the title of the lecture apt and timely, especially at this period when the country is confronted with multiple security challenges.

By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya

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