By Ishola Balogun
The botched assassination attempt by BokoHaram fighters in Kaduna on former Head of State, Major GeneralMuhammadu Buhari has been described as an attempt by Boko Haram to plunge Nigeria into widespread politico-ethno-religious violence.
Reacting to the two assassination attempts on Gen. Buhari and Muslim cleric Sheik Dahiru Bauchi that killed over 70 persons, renowned security expert Dr. Ona Ekhomu said the choice of the targets by BokoHaram was calculated.
“Had any of the two assassination attempts succeeded, the concomitant violent reaction by citizens would have been widespread and deadly”.
He said that it might have triggered violent conflict between APC and PDP supporters, between Christians and Muslims and between youths and security officials because of the perceived inability of the security agencies to prevent incessant killings in Nigeria. The goal of Boko Haram was to destabilize Nigeria, he declared.
Ekhomu, who is also the President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) said the Kaduna bombings were a harbinger of more assassination plots against top politicians and religious leaders by the deadly terrorist group.
As a consequence, top level serving and former political executives, civil servants, military and police officers should take their personal security seriously in order to deny BH terrorists the opportunity to harm them.
Ekhomu praised the security detail of Gen. Buhari for shielding the General from the bomb blast by blocking the perpetrator. According to him, the general’s protective detail “executed a perfect cover and evacuation maneuver thereby saving the General’s life”.
Ekhomu said that the key to the excellent performance of the general’s personal protective team was early threat detection through counter-surveillance and observation. “Having noticed that the perpetrator was anxious to overtake the convoy, the executive protection officials became suspicious and blocked the path of the suicide bomber. Those men were courageous and professional,” he added.