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Nigeria’s battling with guerrillas — Olukolade

…says Boko Haram’ll soon be defeated

By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA — Defence headquarters, yesterday, appealed to the international community to be more objective by showing understanding for the peculiarity of Nigeria’s current security situation.

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, who made the appeal, particularly criticized the hard stance of some Western countries over perceived negative human rights record of Nigerian military, saying it was ill-informed and based on wrong mind-set.

Olukolade, who spoke while receiving the prestigious Alfred Daniel King Foundation award as a distinguished military information expert, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, noted that the Nigerian Armed Forces had always striven to operate in line with global professional best practices.

According to him, it is important for critics to realize that the war against the terrorists is not conventional, but purely a guerrilla warfare where terrorists fight sporadically and melt back into the social system.

Chris Olukolade
Chris Olukolade

Olukolade said: said “If, with the sophistication of global coalition, money and military resources so far deployed to fighting the Islamic State, IS, Western powers are yet to dislodge ISIS from Iraq and Syria, then it is imperative they should show more understanding in respect of Boko Haram war in Nigeria.”

He emphasized that the insurgency was a passing phase in the history of Nigeria, adding that very soon, with the concerted efforts of the Nigerian military, the support from the Nigerian government, more understanding from the international community and more important, with the support of the Nigerian people, Boko Haram would be defeated.


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