We Need Tougher Measures to Overcome Boko Haram Crisis, Warns Col. Kontagora

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Aminu Isa Kontagora is a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army and served as military administrator in Kano and Benue States during the administrations of the late General Sani Abacha and General AbdulSalam Abubakar. In this interview, he advised Nigeria and other governments in West African sub-region to tackle issues of poverty and unemployment facing their respective countries or be prepared to confront more insurgency. He spoke also on security issues such as Amnesty International report on the Joint Task Force (JTF's) brutality; the ceasefire offer by Boko Haram; mystery killing of Gen. Muhammadu Shuwa and how to tackle the insecurity in the country, among other issues. Excerpts...

What is your take on the killing of Gen. Shuwa?

Major General Muhammadu Shuwa was a civil war hero and that is to say he had sacrificed his life for the peace of this great country. For him to die the way he died was very unfortunate. I sympathized with his family and the people of Borno State.

What sort of personality was the General when he was in the Army?

I can only rely on what I read about him on his conduct as a General Commanding One Division. Because he was a very senior general, I never worked with him directly. By the time I came to the service he was gone. I can only say he was a calm General who took pains to check the details and always made sure his troops were well prepared before he launched them into an operation. To such a General, you should attribute some degree of calmness, in-depth study and understanding of operational orders and instructions before they were released to subordinates.

Boko Haram claimed it did not kill Shuwa, what road will you say was not taken in dealing with the sect?

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