Hunters’ plan to fight Boko Haram endorsed
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) -A Nigeria political has endorsed the recent call by some hunters in Borno State calling on Nigeria’s military to allow them become part of the war against Boko Haram.
The Egbe Omo Oduduwa said acceding to the hunters’ request would no doubt be of a fundamental significance, not only in terms of intelligence and reconnaissance but underscored the multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-national so-called nation state.
“It is instructive to note that part of the reasons adduced by the hunters for making this request was precisely to avoid what they called ‘idleness’ on their part as Boko Haram’s activities had rendered them helpless in pursuit of their hunting profession, a situation the hunters say can be mitigated by their knowledge of the terrain,” said the Egbe Omo Oduduwa.
The organisation said furthermore, by seeking to be absorbed into the military, the hunters’ idleness will be taken care of by their becoming gainfully employed as part of the military.
“(These are) two specific areas of primary interest to the Buhari administration: employment and security, while also enabling the military’s professionalism and competence through embedding the hunters’ knowledge or experience into training, policy and doctrine of the military itself.”
The group argued Africa’s anti-terror wars were being waged principally by weak nation states, almost all exclusively internally unstable, even if engendered by global power plays resulting in the ineffectiveness or collapse of the said nation state.
“Recent ‘Dasukigate’ confessions in Nigeria point to how easily the state can be turned into a plaything of whoever is in power or the complete dependence of the nation state on ‘international’ forces, as shown in Chad, Niger and Mali,” Egbe Omo Oduduwa, said.
Late nationalist Obafemi Awolowo formed the Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1945 to unite the Yorùbá.
The organisation’s sentiments come amid a Boko Haram crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 20 000 people and displaced over 2 million.
– CAJ News
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