A former Chief Protocol officer to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Olutola Onijala has advised the Federal Government to seek international assistance to fight the Boko Haram insurgency taking place mainly in the North Eastern part of the country. Neighbouring
Onijala, a chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State gave the advice in Ilorin during an interview with newsmen.
According to the ambassador, the Boko Haram insurgency has become an endemic issue, hence the need to enlist international cooperation to tackle the problem.
Onijala described the abduction of the girls from their school as pathetic; adding that only God knows what their abductors may have done with them.
“I think there is the need for Federal Government to seek international cooperation and assistance to rescue the school girls from the abductors,” he said.
He said the international assistance was necessary in view of the revelation by the BBC that people were being recruited from Niger Republic pointing out that President Goodluck Jonathan should continue to dialogue with Niger Republic and Niger Republic who are friendly with Nigeria.
“I wouldn’t want to believe that the Nigerien government has knowledge or support this kind of attack on Nigeria.
“I served in Niger Republic for five years and I know that giving the level of poverty in that country, it is very easy for the devil to tempt the youths there.
“With a few naira or dollars, anybody can be recruited to come and cause mayhem in Nigeria,” Onijala added.
“Nigeria shares about 1, 500 kilometres of boundary with Niger Republic, Niger has boundary with seven states in Nigeria,” the diplomat said.
He noted that these boundaries were very porous and humanly impossible to put security agents to patrol the 1, 5000-kilometre boundaries.
Onijala however noted that with technology, surveillance and intelligence, Nigerian security operative should be able to infiltrate the centres where Boko Haram carries out recruitments.