Posted By: OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU
. President hasn’t contradicted any strategic rule
A strategy and innovation postgraduate student of the University of Oxford, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, has advised former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, to make his memo on security concern, specifically on the Boko Haram insurgency, confidential to President Muhammadu Buhari in the future.
Ibrahim, who said Buhari has not contradicted any strategic rule of engagement, pointed out that the President’s brief to Nigerians, creating hope to end the seemingly intractable Boko Haram crisis, was perfectly within acceptable global strategic standard.
He added that the strategic drivers in the security challenge were not revealed by the President to the public, stressing that “the military orchestrated conductors in the Boko Haram insurgency, the military architects, and the military chess masters were not put in the open by President Buhari.”
Ibrahim therefore urged the former President to, in the future, channel security strategy memo to the presidency in a confidential manner saying, “this becomes important as a result of the subject matter of the memo.”
He cited the American strategy on the Vietnam war, which was lost because American Generals were making open their strategic engagement rules.
According to the Oxford University-trained strategy and innovation expert, “as the war became intensified in Vietnam, many Generals were exchanging memos on their war strategies on the pages of newspapers, without addressing the solutions to the war, which was eventually lost, leading to unquantifiable loss in American society.”
Ibrahim pointed out that for every nation which plans to make success of its security challenges; its war Generals must communicate their strategic engagement memos in a confidential manner.
The business icon told IBB that by advising President Buhari on the strategic contents on Boko Haram crisis on the pages of newspapers had rendered such advice “unuseful, intimidating and capable of misinterpreting government policy.”
He advised leaders to always make confidentiality a priority in channeling their concerns about security if the desired results are to be achieved. The multi-millionaire business mogul stressed that the takeoff strategy adopted by President Buhari in the war against Boko Haram, was in the best interest of Nigerians and that the government requires time to consolidate and settle down.
He said the President owes Nigerians a duty to inform them on how best he intends to tackle the Boko Haram crisis which has become a major security challenge in the country.
According to him, the expectation of Nigerians from a President who was formerly a General in the army and a former Head of State, and who has commanded various battalions and army formations was that he would fix the security challenge in no time.
He added: “IBB should expect, as a former leader, that Buhari will respond quickly to Nigerians’ demands.”
Concluding, Ibrahim said so far, the President has not revealed the military tactics, plans, philosophy and processes in combating the current security challenges facing the nation.
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