From all indications, the Nigerian Army is getting the upper hand in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. This was the view of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
He noted this when he led a team of Colombian security experts to President Muhammadu Buhari’s office on Monday, adding, “ I believe that if you are talking of getting the upper hand, gradually, we are getting the upper hand.
We are not there yet but we are getting close. And once we are getting the upper hand, we move on and do other things.”
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the closed door meeting with the president, Obasanjo said that Nigeria needed to learn how Colombia survived insurgency for more than 50 years.
“I brought a delegation of those of us who visited Colombia last year under the auspices of a foundation which I’m the chairman.
“We went to Colombia to see how the Colombian authorities were handling the issue of insurgency which had been with them for more than 50 years.
“As a result of that visit and the experience we had, a book was produced.
“I said to them that it will be interesting for us in Nigeria to learn as much as we can learn from the experience of Colombia,’’ he said.
On the possibility of the Nigerian Armed Forces meeting the three months deadline to defeat the Boko Haram sect, Obasanjo said that the deadline was not cast on stones but merely to encourage them to crush the sect.
“The president must give a target. When you give somebody a target, you give him something to aspire to, giving him an objective. Target is not cast in stone.