by James Sambo
National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, is pretty confident that the Boko Haram insurgency will be ended before the new election date.
He says within the next six weeks, the terrorist sect will be dismantled, also adding that the elections will not be further postponed beyond March 28.
Dasuki was one of the first public personalities to champion the election postponement campaign, as he told his audience last month in Chatham House, that there was nothing wrong with pushing forward the polls.
While speaking with AFP, he was asked if the dates may be pushed further, Dasuki said: “Those dates will not be shifted again”. He also put down the widespread belief that the elections was postponed to help the ruling party gain political advantage.
Furthermore, he said: “Somebody looking at it the other way would say I’m helping the APC. It’s not everybody who does things for selfish reasons. Some of us have a conscience.”
As a result of the escalated violence in the northeast, he told AFP that he asked INEC about the possibility of holding elections in the region on a different day to the rest of the country, so as not to overstretch the security forces.
According to Dasuki, INEC said: “that will be very difficult for them,” and the idea was scrapped.”
The NSA also pointed out that the new regional cooperation recently embarked on with neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, could potentially end the insurgency.
He explained that the multi-lateral effort would pressure the insurgents from all sides and close their escape routes. He said: “We’ve been fighting it alone for years. Now we are having support.”
When queried if it was possible to defeat the militants before election day, a bullish Dasuki said: “all known Boko Haram camps will be taken out. They won’t be there. They will be dismantled.”
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