by Isi Esene
The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital put the figure of people killed by the violent activities of the Boko Haram sect at 3,000.
Ihejirika, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2 Mechanised Division of the Army, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this at the opening of the third inter-division and headquarters map reading competition organized by the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC).
He reportedly said, “The changing nature of threats to Nigeria’s national security environment has manifested in the militancy, kidnapping, violent extremism and terrorism. It is a known fact that terrorism worldwide is characterized by extremism, violence hatred, lack of respect for human dignity and constituted authority.
“The spate of bombings in parts of the north has necessitated the Nigerian Army to review its doctrine with a view to updating our training and operational procedures in order to fulfill our constitutional mandate. Success in this pursuit, therefore calls for renewed and concerted efforts and initiative.”
Toeing the same line of thinking, President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that measures are being put in place to strengthen the security outfits against terrorism, which is relatively new phenomenon in the country.
While speaking at the opening of the Regional Conference on Counter-Terrorism in Abuja on Monday, Jonathan, who was represented by vice-president Namadi Sambo, said, “Recognising the complex and mutating nature of terrorism, we adopted a comprehensive and overarching counter-terrorism approach that integrates national, regional, multilateral and functional responses.”