A Universty of Maiduguri Don and Professor of Mass Communication, Prof
Abubakar Muazu, has attributed brutality, highhandedness and violation
of “rules of engagements” by the military, particularly during the era
of Joint Task Force (JTF) code named ” Operation Flush” in maltreating
of civilians as the root cause of insurgency in Borno and Northeast.
Prof Mu’azu who is also a board member CLEEN Foundation, recalled that
between 2011 to 2012 which was the peak of the crisis, there was no
cooperation between the civilian populace who were not ready to give
information on movement and modus operandi of the sect members to
security agencies, because, at that time, apart from lack of
confidentiality, the security agencies see civilians as suspected
members or collaborators of the sect.
The UniMaid Don added that in the said period , the Army subjected
anybody on the streets to Frog Jumps, smashing weensreens of
commuters, beaten up and sometimes shots at innocent civilians in the
name of fighting Boko Haram.
Prof Mu’azu stated this yesterday at a Two -Day North East Town Hall
Dialogue and Training on Civil /Military Relations, Issues and
Challenges which took place in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
CLEEN Foundation organised the programme as part of its contribution
to the security architecture in North East states affected by Boko
Haram in conjunction with Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution,
to discuss problems and challenges to Civil /Military Relations and
proffer strategies to mitigate such challenges.
Presenting a Paper titled: “Civil /Military Relations as a Tool for
Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the North East”, Prof
Mu’azu said, Violent extremism in the North Eastern parts of Nigeria
have in the last eight years been expressed on a sustained, but
troublesome basis by the activities of Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnah
Liddawa’ati wal Jihad (People Committed to the Teachings of the
Prophet and Jihad) popularly called Boko Haram.
According to him, the idea of working to prevent and counter violent
extremism in Nigeria arose from the sad experiences of killings,
destructions and displacement of people by the activities of first
militants in the Niger Delta and Boko Haram in the North East.