Insurgency won’t end through military action alone – Obasanjo

December 14, 2021
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A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo says military action alone would not effectively end insecurity.

Obasanjo added that government must embrace the carrot and stick approach in addressing Nigeria’s security challenges.

‘OBJ’ as Obasanjo is fondly called said this on Monday while speaking at a one-day ‘’Retreat on Inclusive Security’’, organized by the Global Peace Foundation, in collaboration with Vision Africa in Abuja.

“People talk of political will, but I talk of political action. Political will is not enough. It must be matched by political action,” Obasanjo said.

“The problem of insurgency will not go away, if all we are using is the ‘stick’ (military action). We may suppress it, and keep it down a bit, but we have to use ‘carrot and stick’ together to effectively tackle the problems.”

In his remarks, the Bishop of Evangelism and Discipleship, Methodist Church Nigeria, Rt. Reverend Sunday Onuoha, regretted that the security problems in the country were worsened by the perceived existence of a wide gulf of trust deficit amongst the many divides in the country.

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