former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented the
deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the

According to him, the challenges have grown beyond what
Nigeria alone can tackle following the groups’
collaboration with the Islamic State West African Province

Obasanjo said, “It is no longer an issue of a lack of
education and employment for our youths in Nigeria
which it began as, it is now West African Fulanisation,
African islamisation and global organised crimes of
human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun
trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”

The ex-Head of State spoke on Saturday at the second
session of the seventh Synod of the Anglican
Communion, Oleh Diocese, in the lsoko South Local

GOVernment Area of

“We could have dealt with both earlier and nip them in the

the reality, it was turned to industry for all and sundry to

Obasanjo, who delivered a paper titled, ‘Mobilising
Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National
Development and Stability’ at the event said, “Every
issue of insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels
and addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling.
Both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not
treated as they should at the beginning.

“They have both incubated and developed beyond what
Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and
internationalised with ISIS in control.
bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not
requiring any serious attention in administering holistic
measures of stick and carrot. And when we woke up to

supply materials and equipment that were already
outdated and that were not fit for active military purpose.

“Soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission,
poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to
engage in propaganda rather than achieving results.
Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on
games of denials while paying ransoms which
strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied
strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied
payment of ransoms. Today, the security issue has gone
beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government or
even West African governments.”

Source: PUNCH.