National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has advised the Federal Government on the need to change the fighting strategy, in order to win the war against insurgency in the country.
This was coming as the former governor of Lagos State visited Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State in Maiduguri, over the killing of 43 rice farmers in the state.
“I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit not as condolence only, not a sympathy visit only, but as solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evildoers,” the former Governor of Lagos State said.
He highlighted that fight against insurgency in the country should be treated with more seriousness saying no meaningful development could take place when there was an insurgency.
Tinubu said, “We have been on this for some time; we have seen the reaction of the Federal Government; we have seen the reaction of the Armed Forces. This is no longer conventional warfare; this is more tactical.
“In such a situation, what we do is to replan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life has been attacked on more than one occasion in an effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty. He has protected and will continue to protect you.”
He also maintained that “We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial, brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood, not only for themselves but for all of us. In the end, they were slaughtered.
“That’s not a religion, it is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness. I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit not as condolence only, not a sympathy only, but as solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evildoers.”
Extolling Zulum, Tinubu said, “He is a man of courage, brilliance, talented plus great character. It’s a different thing for one to be talented, and another to have character. Zulum is a man who is talented combined with great character.
“He courageously takes the responsibility of governance without looking back.”
He also advised that “We have to remove these unemployed youths from the streets, from being available for evildoers for recruitment. Don’t tell me they are illiterates. Anybody that can operate Keke Napep and do little repairs, anybody that can hold guns, dismantle guns and service it is no more illiterate.”