….. He was the Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff from July
1975 to October 1979.
Boko Haram’s ability to gather intelligence has become
100 percent better than that of the Nigerian military,
Theophilus Danjuma, a retired lieutenant-general and
former army chief, has said.
He said the fight against Boko Haram is entering its most
critical stage and Nigerians “must brace up” to weather the
new challenge. He was speaking in Sokoto Tuesday at the
opening of the new secretariat for the Catholic Diocese built
by Matthew Kukah, the bishop.
According to him, with Nigeria winning the territorial war,
the insurgents have now devised a strategy of disappearing
into wider civilian population and setting up sleeping cells
who wreak havoc on softer targets.
He said this new strategy has not only bolstered the
intelligence capability of the terrorists but has made them
have superior surveillance techniques than Nigeria’s security
“When Boko Haram openly denounced all religions,
Muhammadu Buhari called them terrorists and urged all
Muslims to consider them as such,” he said. “Later, some
who chose to remain on the fence realised the threat posed
to all and reluctantly joined in condemning Boko Haram.
“Having sleeping cells among the generality of the
population has made them have intelligence capability that
is 100 percent better than that of our security agencies.”
Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Adams
Oshiomhole of Edo, in their remarks, asked Nigerians to
promote religious harmony and understanding.