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A Professor of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Prof Williams Fawole, has said that neither amnesty, negotiation, nor appeasement can deter Boko Haram from carrying out their dastardly acts.
Fawole speaking on recently at the 6th Convocation Lecture of the Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State on 'Global Terrorism and National Security' decried the increasing rate of terrorism in Africa especially in Nigeria.
He said, "It should be noted that negotiation, amnesty, appease or force cannot solve Boko Haram. This is because Boko Haram insurgents are faith-driven, they are fanatics, they exalt in martyrdom, they are brutal and satanic. So, amnesty will not work for them as it worked for the Niger/Delta militants.
"Boko Haram is a full blown insurgents group and not terrorists and aims at over-throwing Nigeria government. Our (Nigeria) democratic dispensation is in serious danger. Nigeria is becoming like Afghanistan. Some portions of Nigeria's space are no longer under Nigeria's flag but under the deadly Boko Haram's flags."
He suggested that Nigerian soldiers should be well equipped and beefed up to combat the insurgents.
According to him, sending soldiers with few bullets in their less sophisticated ammunition to face Boko Haram insurgents was unfair.
He said, "The federal government needed a holistic approach to nip insurgencies to the bud in the country. It should procure modern armament and ammunition; address youth unemployment. FG need to also regulate religious utterances in order not to heat up the polity and stir up religious differences."
Also speaking at the lecture, a Professor of History, Prof. Jide Osuntokun, alleged that 70 per cent of Boko Haram members are made up of Chadians, adding that "fundamental issues should be addressed in the Nigerian Army if insurgencies will end in the country".