Collaborating with Local Communities.
Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said that if he is elected president of Federal Republic of Nigeria, he would collaborate with local communities so as to defeat the boko haram. He said he would do this because the Boko Haram can not recruit people if the residents of the affected area are working with the government.
Atiku Abubakar said, “Terror can only thrive where there is local support”. As a result, the government must have the residents help or else can not win the war.
Snatching away Local Support.
The most effective and usable method to defeat boko haram is by taking away this support, He stressed.
Terror groups depend on recruiting from the local communities to replenish their ranks or they cannot grow.
The growth of any group depends on recruiting new people but what if this people refuse to be recruited? Atiku Abubakar plans to make the populace refuse boko harams invititations.
The boko haram are not spirits and for this reason they can be defeated if the populace are dissuaded from joining them.
Afterall the majority of boko haramists are the people living in or from these affected areas.
A Foreign Influence?
On the other hand, there is definitely some kind of foreign influence, Atiku said.
No coincidence that the Northeast is Affected.
“within Nigeria, the heartland of the terror insurgency is the Northeast, with Borno and Yobe states being the hardest hit.”
Surely, it cannot be a coincidence that the Northeast is also the most economically backward part of Nigeria with Borno and Yobe states worst affected.” the Presidential Candidate Stated.
The Nations Fault.
Regretfully Atiku Abubakar expressed his concern towards the situation of Nigeria. Saying that a nation that failed to provide a way for its citizens will face hurdles because the citizens may fall into unwanted ways.
Motivating the Soldiers.
Another thing that must be done is,
The government must motivate soldiers if they want to succeed in the war against boko haram.
In order to motivate these soldiers the goverment must improve working conditions for them.
For example, if a soldier dies. The government should demonstrate that Nigeria remembers their dead.
Both survivors and the dead should be shown that Nigeria will not forget those who have served Nigeria.
This will increase the morale of soldiers.
Winning the heart of people.
Atiku Concluded that
“We must also help our military win the hearts and minds of the people of the Northeast by empowering them to open soup kitchens where they give food
to the hungry.
We must encourage them to set up field hospitals where they treat the local population free of charge.
Even something as giving each soldier a pocketful of sweets to handout to little children on the streets will help the military win the love and affection of the local population and turn their allegiance to our armed forces”