A security consultant, Captain Umar Aliyu (retired) has said that the war against terror can only be won if the government engages the local residents using their indigenous languages.
He stated this on Monday, December 4, when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily where he spoke on the war against terrorism.
This is in reaction to an attack in Numan area of Adamawa State that claimed the lives of four policemen and injured several others.
The former Army Captain said the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has failed in creating the needed security consciousness in the hearts and minds of the locals who cannot understand the English language.
“Are the law enforcement agencies, in particular, the National Orientation Agency, the greatest of all offenders (in my own opinion the NOA speaks English on their media jingles), you think the man in Biu speaks English?
“Do you think he has light to watch television? The campaign against terrorism should be broken down into languages to that local village man. We should be able to seek to flock that we protect, comply with the things we do,” he said.
Although the retired military personnel praised the efforts of the military in degrading Boko Haram members from the forefront, he, however, said that the locals should be effectively engaged.
In doing this, he suggested requires blocking the loopholes that the insurgents might want to capitalise on regarding carrying out renewed attacks.
He further explained that law enforcement agencies should equip an ordinary man in a remote village with the requisite indigenous language well understood so as to feed the military with information.
“The flock right now is still a tyrant. Having decimated them (Boko Haram) militarily and degraded them, you have to come back to the flock and get them to become security conscious by imbibing security threat awareness.
“I heard the Minister of Information (Mr Lai Mohammed) talking about security consciousness. How do people become security conscious? It is a state of being and the moment you security quotient is in place, security consciousness dawns on you,” he said.