Security expert Dr. Ona Ekhomu has applauded the relocation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to the Northeast to personally supervise the war against Boko Haram. He said that “this largely symbolic action will give the necessary impetus to the fight against insurgency by boosting the fighting spirit of the men on the front lines.”
Reacting to the Operation Wrath of Bomo which evicted Boko Haram fighters and their families from Chad, Dr. Ekhomu said that the Chadians used the provocation of the killing of about 100 Chadian soldiers in Bohoma peninsula on March 22nd 2020 to mount the air, land and amphibious operation which resulted in over 1000 insurgent deaths and 52 fatalities on the Chadian side.
According to Ekhomu, “the Chadians exhibited self-righteous indignation which was expressed by Pres. Idris Deby who described the Bohoma ambush as the single worst loss of Chadian troops. I believe this righteous indignation is available to Gen. Buratai who lost 47 troops in “Timbuktu” on March 22nd at the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents.”
Ekhomu, President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) said that the symbolism of President Deby leading his troops to battle in Operation Wrath of Bomo was inspirational military leadership. “By putting his own life on the line, he got all Chadians – even the Buduma tribe to believe in the cause and also energized his troops to achieve phenomenal success”, he added.
The renowned intelligence analyst condemned the disparaging remarks made by President Deby against the Nigerian military. Pres. Deby accused the Nigerian Army of inaction or non-participation against Boko Haram in operation Bomo Wrath. The Chadian Embassy in Abujalater disavowed the video images of Pres. Deby’s disparaging remarks. Ekhomu said: “it is a cultural trait of the Chadians to put down Nigerian forces. There’s a Chadian swagger which is predicated on their celebrated military diplomacy and much-vaunted military prowess. In their narration, Nigerian forces are weak and not resolute”.
The jubilationby some Nigerian troops, when Chad was combatingBokoHaram, is not acceptable, he said. It was reported that Nigerian soldiers in Cross-Kauwa, Kukawa LGA (Borno State) “burst into celebration, singing and dancing, openly ecstatic that the Chadians had come to liberate Nigerian territories from the grip of the terrorists”. Fleeing the massive Chadian assault, Boko Haram fighters and their families retreated into Nigerian territory, crossed around Magumeri and Gubio into the Alagarno forest–a place named Timbuctu by Boko Haram. The security implication here is that the Boko Haram threat on the Chadian side of Lake Chad has been displaced into Nigeria.
Ekhomu declared: “aside from engaging in fresh pursuit of the Boko Haram terrorists now that we have a tactical advantage, Gen. Buratai should also investigate and if true, punish the Commanding Officer of the troops in Kukawa LGA who celebrated the eviction of Boko Haram from Chad.” He also called on the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to reassign the Defense Attache in Ndjamena for not providing intelligence to Nigerian officials about the massive deployment of men and materiel for Operation Bomo Wrath. He described any massing of troops and munitions of war near the Nigerian border as a national security threat which should be intercepted by intelligence officials.
The chartered security professional said that a recent statement by a Nigerian official that Operation Wrath of Bomowas carried out under the protocol of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was fallacious. He said that it was clearly a revenge mission carried out solely by the Chadian military to deter future attacks by Boko Haram. He said that Chad recently withdrew 1000 troops from the MNJTF, and that President Idris Deby has complained that Chad had been doing the heavy lifting in the fight against Boko Haram and was therefore going to withdraw its participation in the MNJTF.
Dr. Ekhomu appealed to the Nigerian Army Chief, Gen. TukurBuratai to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. He urged political, military and intelligence officials to read his new book titled Boko Haram: Security Considerations and the Rise of an Insurgency and adopt some of the creative solutions to end the insurgency and save Nigerian lives.