Foreign military firm offers to return to Nigeria to deal with Boko Haram insurgents

Foreign military firm offers to return to Nigeria to deal with Boko Haram insurgents

- A foreign private military firm hired to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in 2014 has expressed readiness to return

- The firm's spokesperson said the company can provide the necessary training for Nigerian military if the FG does not want the mercenaries at the battlefront

- According to him, the military firm achieved tremendous results in 2014 but its contract was terminated due to lack of payment by the Jonathan administration

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Following the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents, a South African military contracting company, Conella Services Ltd., has offered to help if contacted by the federal government.

ThisDay reports that the military contracting company is the one hired by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to contain the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014.

Speaking to Arise TV on Monday, December 14, the spokesperson of the security firm whose identity was concealed said the company is ready to return to Nigeria to finish the job of routing the deadly sect if engaged by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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Boko Haram: Foreign military firm offers to return to Nigeria to deal with insurgents
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He, however, noted that as a sovereign nation, Nigeria could decide whether to allow foreign contractors to help fight the insurgents or not.

Why the security firm left Nigeria

Conella's spokesperson addressed the misinformation that it was the Buhari administration that terminated the firm's contract.

He said the Jonathan administration which hired the firm was also the one that terminated the contract before the Buhari administration took over in 2015.

The spokesperson also explained why the contract was terminated, adding that it had nothing to do with poor performance but non-payment.

He blamed a combination of “money and politics” for the military contractor’s exit from Nigeria, stressing that the Jonathan government defaulted in the payment schedule agreed on with it.

Speaking on the performance, he said the firm degraded Boko Haram and liberated many communities within one month for the first time in three years.

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The spokesman said President Buhari can engage the military firm on training if he does not want the hired soldiers at the battlefront.

According to him, the Nigerian Air Force needs training to effectively tackle the terrorists.

He also advised that the Nigerian Army should be transformed into a counter-insurgency one, saying that conventional war training is markedly different from a battle against terrorists.

He said:

“Decentralising decision-making, tactics and equipment, those are the things Nigeria has to do. It does not have to buy sophisticated weapons, aircraft etc.
“Solutions can be found. With the application of a little bit of money and with the correct tactics and correct equipment, six to 12 months of operations and Boko Haram will be forced to go to the negotiation table or forced out of existence."

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Meanwhile, days after the abduction of students from a government-owned secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state, Boko Haram insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The factional leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, in a video message first published by HumAngle stated the two reasons why the abductions were carried out.

Shekau allegedly claimed the raid on the school was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices.

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