- The fight against Islamist group, Boko Haram, is still on
- Ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), however claims the government of Goodluck Jonathan defeated the terrorists
- He also said the 2015 general elections would not have taken place in the volatile orth-east if not for the Jonathan's government intervention
Nigeria's former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has said the government of Goodluck Jonathan deserves commendation for defeating Boko Haram.
Dasuki's comments were contained in the foreword of a 308-page book he personally wrote.
The book titled ‘Boko Haram Media War – An Encounter with the Spymaster,’ is authored by Yushau Shuaib, an award-winning public relations professional.
According to the former NSA, the 2015 general elections would not have taken place especially in the north-east if the Jonathan-led government had not risen to the occasion to “defeat” Boko Haram.
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“In fact, without our intervention in ensuring the defeat of Boko Haram, the electorates could not have had the opportunity to exercise their franchise.
“It is a fact that we provided peace and stability that afforded Nigerians, especially in the North-east in voting for their governors, legislators and others in the 2015 elections.
“In the war-front are evident success stories which Shuaib has mentioned in some of the articles that featured in this book, especially on media relations, self-censorship, gallantry in recovering dozens of cities and towns among other declassified revelations,” Dasuki was quoted in the foreword.
Dasuki said part of the strategies deployed by the Jonathan administration was the use of what he called, “Crisis Communication”, which he said aided the government “to win the heart of the citizens, boost the morale of the troops and weaken the fighting spirit of the terrorists.”
He continued: “In strategic communication for crisis management, especially in confronting the Boko Haram, the media was a major tool in the campaign against the insurgency.
“There was thorough, timely and responsible reportage of the campaign. Some of the media played very strategic roles at great risk to their lives in the successes recorded, especially by our forces in the war against terrorism.”
He added that as part of the Jonathan administration’s strategy in ensuring the mutual relationship with the media stakeholders, a 17-member forum of the spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies, which included Shuaib, the author of the book, was established with representatives from the military, security, intelligence and response agencies.
According to Dasuki, the media component of the war on terror, which “Yushau Shuaib and his team” carried out included various activities including issuance over 3000 media contents including newsworthy items and publications, exclusive news placements and editorial control of sensitive reports, hosting of timely and regular press briefings, social media engagements and production of specialised publications amongst others.
Apart from the military intervention, which he said Shuaib’s 308-pager talked about, the former NSA said the Jonathan administration implemented a “soft approach programme” by initiating the countering terrorism alternative through de-radicalization, as well as implementing programs for the economic empowerment, education, communication, rehabilitation and counselling in the north-east.
He submitted that sensitive security issues were handled in a most professional manner, with strict adherence to confidentiality to avoid compromising national security.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Sunday, July 16, that it will soon launch an attack on a remote Island in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now use as their new operational base.
This was disclosed by the Acting General Officer commanding, GOC 8 Task Force Division, Stevenson Olabanji, when he visited troops of the 118 Task Force Battalion under his division at their front-line location in Gudumbali village of Guzamala local government area of Borno state.
Mr. Olabanji, a brigadier general, asked the soldiers to always make sure their weapons are serviceable as the strike order on the secret Boko Haram location could be given at any time.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video report of the newly reopened Nyanya bus station in Abuja after it was bombed by Boko Haram: