Immediate Past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Says Boko Haram Would Have Disrupted 2015 General Elections But For Past Administration’s Effort In Pushing It Back With Superior Fire-Power
Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), has disclosed that but for the effort of head of the last government, Goodluck Jonathan, Boko Haram terrorist would have disrupted the 2015 general election as promised by its leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Dasuki hinted that Jonathan had massively equipped the Army, increasing its fighting and self-defense capacity, adding that the achievement helped the military push back the terrorist group and recovered local governments under their control.
He said the fighting capacity of the military was enhanced with acquisition of heavy weaponry and tanks which enabled troops to move into battle fronts. He said Jonathan facilitated the acquisition of hitherto elusive weaponry in the last one year and recovered many local governments that had been occupied by Boko Haram terrorists, adding that some of the equipment, already paid for, are due in the country soon.
He listed some of the acquisitions to include Alpha jets, APCs, MRAP vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunitions, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 and carried out modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters. “We utilized some of these equipments to recover more than 22 local governments under Boko Haram terrorists and ensured that Shekau did not disrupt the 2015 election as he had threatened.
Not only did we ensure that the elections were peaceful, Shekau has never spoken to threaten anyone again since then”, Dasuki said. According to the former NSA, “the armored tanks have comprehensive NBC protection system, just as we deployed Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that we bought and could withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes.
The vehicles had protected our troops from the land mine threats. “We are glad that we also provided assorted Armoured Personnel Carriers to transport troops to the battlefield.
They are armed for self-defence and to provide protection from attacks from shrapnel and small arms fire. “All these were acquired in the last one year after years of frustration by Western powers who denied us of the equipment and sabotaged our efforts to acquire same from other sources which are reasons for some delay in delivery”, he added.
According to him, some other arms already paid for by the previous administration are due to be delivered soon. Dasuki, who has been subjected to security interrogations since he left office, spoke exclusively to prnigeria.com. He also said “it was unfortunate that some elements are frustrating the efforts as we even had to query some suppliers for delay in delivery of arms and ammunitions”. Also responding to critics of past administration on security issues, Dasuki said: “In attempt to rubbish individuals for whatever reasons, political or otherwise, we should be careful not to rubbish sensitive institutions and their personnel that might still be in active service. “It is unfortunate that some elements hide under the cover of anonymity in the media to rubbish some of the sacrifices we made.
They should take the courage to come out publicly by identifying themselves with their baseless allegations”. It would be recalled that immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Kenneth Minimah, speaking at his pulling out parade in Abuja, had alleged sabotage in the effort to rid the country of Boko Haram.