Former commissioner of Police Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has shared his strong opinions on the issue of insecurity in the country and the involvement of the United States in Nigeria's fight against insurgencies.
Alhaji Abubakar who is well respected for his role in the force during the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha spoke in a recent interview about the emergency rule in Borno, the abducted girls of government secondary school Chibok and the threat posed by terrorist group Boko haram in the state.
According to Alhaji Abubakar, there was no sense in calling for an extension of emergency rule in the troubled states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, since it has not helped in any way to curb the terrorist attacks in the state.
"There was emergency rule in Borno State but the Boko Harram sect came and abducted these innocent girls, passed through the road where there were supposed to be road blocks without any hindrance. Our borders are supposed to be guarded by customs, police, including soldiers. Nobody saw anything and these people went free.
"So what is the essence of the state of emergency or is the government aiding the scourge of insurgency? Don't be surprised that many officials and politicians are making serious money out of the insurgency and would not like the situation to come to an end.
Alhaji Abubakar also noted that there was need for the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram on the exchange of terrorist prisoners for the abducted girls, saying that the schoolgirls were innocent and should not be caught in between fights.
"The law says that it is better to release an accused person than to punish an innocent person. These girls were held because these people want to have their men in police custody released. Under normal circumstances it is not right because they committed so many crimes against humanity. They killed and maimed people, burnt houses. So it is not proper to release them. But in a situation like this, the aim of the government is to save these innocent girls. They should negotiate with the sect. They are just innocent people who were just taken from their parents. If the government says they want to use the military force to rescue these girls forcefully they may get them killed by the sect.
"For the sake of the girls, I absolutely agree with that school of thought that the Federal Government should negotiate with the sect.
"If the Federal Government refuses to negotiate with this sect, then how do they plan to release these girls? If there is any other option the federal government has to rescue these girls without hurting them let them apply it. If they use force, it may cost these girls their lives.
"If these girls were not abducted, I would have suggested that the best way was to sacrifice everything by going into their base and wipe them out but since these innocent girls are involved force may not work." He said.
Responding to whether it was a good move to get the United states involved in the fight against insurgencies, the former commissioner had this to say:
"We have observed that countries where Americans interfered in like Afghanistan, Iraq and even Libya, they still suffer crises till today because they are oil rich States. If we allow America to interfere in our matters, something similar may happen to us. If you recall vividly, they predicted come 2015 that Nigeria will disintegrate. Their coming into this matter may cause more confusion because they are most times interested in crude oil."