• Thursday, November 30, 2023
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Interview with Lt.General Farouk Yahaya, Chief of army staff

Interview with Lt.General Farouk Yahaya, Chief of army staff

Q: Is the military involved in several operations across the country? What will be a fair assessment of the results achieved so far?
A: Depending on whom you ask, the answers may bwith e different.
First, I share in the unbearable pain of those who have lost family members and friends due to the activities of criminals and terrorists. I have also felt the heartbeat of the thousands rescued, the oy on the faces of the free.
This makes the goal of our military operations plan so important – Every member of Nigeria’s 50 million families must be safe from external and internal aggression.
The recent report from the 2022 global terrorism index reveals a decline in the prevalence of terrorism in Nigeria. Based on our assessment, the military uses all within its capacity and capabilities to achieve this goal.
Let us never forget that security is not a destination, it is a journey, and we are on the right path.

Q: What are the biggest obstacles to ending the war on terrorism?
A: There are several perspectives, especially on the debate on which should be prioritized – the kinetic or the non-kinetic approach.
One thing that most stakeholders agree on is that the high rate of population growth has been a double-edged sword. Ordinarily, a higher population means there is a larger talent pool for economic growth activities. Still, this larger talent pool has also led to significant growth in the number of those who are being lured into using their energies negatively.

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Q: What role will fake news play in the fight against terrorism in 2022?
A: Terrorists and terrorism thrive on publicity. In 2022, many news consumers may find it more challenging to differentiate between genuine and fake security stories.
For instance, a while ago, we intercepted communication from a criminal gang who were part of an incident. This criminal gang was highly dissatisfied that the incident was not reported in the press. Terrorism thrives on promoting fear, especially the continuous coverage of terror incidents.
More than ever before, it has become necessary for journalists not to align with the strategy of the terrorists unintentionally.
It is not the military alone fighting terrorism; it is the country, so the solution should not be limited to only the military. Citizens also can assist by sharing information before incidents happen.

Q: We are gradually getting to the end of the first quarter of 2022; how will you rate the army’s performance with regards to national security?
A: Military operations have improved this year because of the tough choices and decisions the President and commander in chief of the Armed Forces made in the last 12 months, especially regarding defense-related investments.
However, national security and defense should not be the responsibility of only the military.
Research has proven that the military line of operation is less than 20% of what is required to achieve complete peace.
For instance, the military is sometimes called for cult-related threats and attacks; but let us not forget that the causes and sources of cultism should also be identified. It is an all-of-society approach required to achieve peace in our nation.

Q: What are the new strategies to improve operational synergy among the Army, Navy, and Air Force?
A: Synergy is presently at its highest. There is no time in recent history that it has been better than this. Every day, we raise our standards.
President Reagan once said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Getting people to do the most important things is what the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has done differently.