Olawepo-Hashim: FG must embrace new security model to win war on terror

A former presidential candidate, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has called on the federal government to adopt a new defense and security model to win the war against terrorism in the country.

Olawepo-Hashim, a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, in a statement on Saturday also called on the federal government to take action against the growing number of ISWAP fighters in parts of the state. Borno, as state governor Professor Babagana Zulum lamented.

Zulum had warned that the Boko Haram threat would be “a breeze” if the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) was allowed to grow.

Olawepo-Hashim said the Borno governor’s alarm was timely and should be quickly heeded by the federal government so as not to condemn the nation.

“Terrorism and other threats from non-state actors are a new war that modern standing armies are not too familiar with in their training modules and general operational orders.

“The way Taliban forces swept through Kabul unchallenged in Afghanistan is too fresh in our minds to make anyone go to bed with both eyes closed.
Those who fight Nigeria come from all over the world, the enemy is multinational in its composition.

“It is time for the nation to build a new defense and security architecture to permanently destroy the seeds of terror and root out banditry/kidnapping across the country,” he said.

He called on political leaders to come together to agree on a workable program to stabilize “our bleeding nation”.

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