The founding father of Specialised Duties, Coaching, Tools and Safety,(STTEP), Eeben Barlow, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari stopped them from carrying on combating Boko-Haram terrorists in Nigeria in 2015.
In a Fb put up, Barlow mentioned their proposal was antagonised and politicised by Buhari and his staff “even earlier than they assumed workplace.”
“The preliminary 3-phase marketing campaign technique (often called ‘Operational Anvil’) to degrade and destroy BH in Borno State, was rejected by his advisors,” Barlow added.
Barlow, additional, acknowledged that the corporate was keen to remain again within the north east however the President “made it recognized that the corporate’s presence wouldn’t be tolerated underneath his workplace.”
In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his bid to place an finish to the insurgency turned to STTEP, a South African personal navy contractor, to offer coaching in new weapons and techniques to the Nigerian Military.
However the group withdrew from the battle in March 2015 following the emergence of Buhari in February of the identical yr.
The group’s chief additionally mentioned that previous to, and following their departure from Nigeria, they issued “quite a few intelligence warnings” to the president however all was to no avail.
“These warnings lined the implications of not permitting the 72 MSF to annihilate BH in Borno province; the plans by Boko Haram to re-arm and escalate their actions; the implications of regional spill-over, the impression on the armed forces; and so forth,” Barlow mentioned.
Barlow additionally opined that the latest assault by the Boko haram sect ‘negates’ Buhari’s promise of defeating the Islamist insurgents, a key promise of Buhari’s 2015 election marketing campaign. The federal government continues to insist the lethal jihadists have been “technically defeated”.
“His narrative that Boko Haram was ‘technically defeated’ was false as quickly as he uttered these phrase,” Barlow affirmed within the put up.
Barlow’s lashing of the anti-terror conflict is coming days after studies within the nation revealed that the sect on Sunday, November 18 overran a Nigerian Military, 157 Process Pressure Battalion, in Metele, Borno state. The lethal assault left a minimum of 44 troopers.
Nonetheless, an officer who was caught within the assault on the troops at Metele instructed a overseas Information platform, Reuters, that “the insurgents took us unawares. We misplaced about 100 troopers. It’s a big loss.”
The assault is one essentially the most brazen since Buhari got here to energy in 2015 and it has elevated the strain on him to behave quick to nip the disaster within the bud forward of the election in February 2019, not least as a result of he has claimed victory over the nine-year insurgency.