How I will defeat Boko Haram – Atiku Abubakar

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has revealed part of his plans on how he intends to defeat Boko Haram, if elected into office.

According to the former Vice President, since terrorists are themselves human beings, and recruit their members from the local populace, he would make it tough for them to replenish their ranks by working for and with local communities.

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How I will defeat Boko Haram – Atiku Abubakar


He, however, stressed that for whatever anti-terror plan to work, it must have the buy-in of the people “because terror can only thrive where there is local support.

Take that local support structure away and the terror architecture will collapse like a pack of cards.

“Terrorists are themselves human beings. Terror groups depend on recruiting from the local communities to replenish their ranks or they cannot grow. The members of Boko Haram are not spirits and while there definitely is some foreign influence, the overwhelming number of their leadership and followers are members of the local population.”

The former Vice President said that central to his team’s plans “for defeating terror therefore must be to find out why young men in those communities are aggrieved enough to be alienated from Nigeria and attracted to the radical philosophy of Boko Haram and ISWAP.

When we find out, we must prevent this alienation from occurring.”

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Atiku, who established a nexus between the distribution of wealth and the alienation effect said:

“within Nigeria, the heartland of the terror insurgency is the Northeast, with Borno and Yobe states being the hardest hit. Surely, it cannot be a coincidence that the Northeast is also the most economically backward part of Nigeria with Borno and Yobe states worst affected.”

The PDP flag bearer regretted that when the leadership of a nation fails to provide positive avenues for the young to assert their intelligence positively, they will always find other ways to deploy or express their innate abilities negatively.

“To defeat terrorism therefore, we need to arm our military and motivate them with good working conditions and terms of services, especially for the
lower ranks, who face the greatest risks and are the least paid. We need to demonstrate that when you fight for Nigeria, Nigeria will fight for you, but even more importantly, we must show that when you die in the services of Nigeria, your name and your survivors will be celebrated by the society that you died for.

“We must also help our military win the hearts and minds of the people of the Northeast by empowering them to open soup kitchens where they give food
to the hungry. We must encourage them to set up field hospitals where they treat the local population free of charge. Even something as giving each soldier a pocketful of sweets to handout to little children on the streets will help the military win the love and affection of the local population and turn their allegiance to our armed forces,” Atiku submitted.

149 Comments

  1. why is everyone talking about defeating Boko Haram,as if Boko Haram is just gangsters,boko is not easy to defeat like that

    • If i happen to be the president,buku harram will not take me 3 months to wipe out.the reason why this present government is hidden something from us.And actually believed Atiku.

  2. This is a good spirit from Atiku,I pray you will do something about it if you are elected president come 2019, keep this spirit up.

  3. Working with the populace to reduce their recruitment is a good idea. And if you can arm the Nigeria army just like you have said, it will help a lot in tackling this Boko Harams issue.

  4. We pray you defeat them once and for all if you win, these terrorists must end and wiped out before 2019 general elections

  5. defeat them once and for all if you win, these terrorists must end and wiped out before 2019 general elections

  6. Defeating boko haram is not an easy task… Cause it needs time and knowledge.. They have agent working for them in the house of assembly

  7. Dont start with how but just have that in mind that you will do the needful and defeating boko haram

  8. All this are just political strategy we keep hearing from different aspirant, baba said so before nau, I pray for wisdom for you sir

  9. Thats How They do empty PromiseS once They Have worn, No one will be acomplished, Hope you will be the best

  10. I love your opinion but sitting on that sit can change everything as Nigerian politicians are demagogue who only give false hope and promise

  11. Working with the populace to reduce their recruitment is a good idea. And if you can arm the Nigeria army just like you have said, it will help a lot in tackling this Boko Harams issue

  12. All this are just political strategy we keep hearing from different aspirant, buhari said more than that , so I pray for to God to give wisdom

  13. This book haram people are more than what people are taking them for… Honestly they are beyond imagination..

  14. Where there is will, there is a way. What you need is only the political will to defeat them and it will be done. Nigeria have the human, material and every resource to bring the terror group to their knees. What we only lack is the will to do that.

  15. he should stand up and do it before the election, because life are waisting everyday. when Jonathan is there, why can’t he give him the idea. politics done come again.

  16. I think it will not be that easy for you, but by God’s grace, you can defeat them when you are elected the president next year

  17. We are waiting for you to come and end this mess for us because Boko Haram have been a trait for us Nigerians

  18. What he is saying might be true but will he implement it if he is voted in, they make all types of promises before they enter and after it becomes super story.

  19. I agree with him,when you win the heart of the members of the communities, it will be difficult for the terrorist group to thrive.I hope this is not one of their usual political promise,that they get amnesia on immediately they win.

  20. Atiku you don carry your own come,but time will tell because na so this present administration make their own mouth

  21. Remember what you are saying Nigerians are keeping records not your election it will be the other way round

  22. This sounds like a good plan. Getting the locale on our side will definitely go a long way in winning this war. As it is now the locale hate the military as much as the hate Book haram and we can’t blame them. But if these measures detailed by Atiku are meticulously applied then this can change

  23. Atiku is talking like he knows the problems and solutions as regards insurgency. Hope he gets the opportunity to execute his plans

  24. All these he is is talking about are laudable projects, if he will really want to do it if he win the presidency of this great country Nigeria. That is how they have been promising Nigerians heavier and earth and they have not been able to fulfilled their promises, let’s hope atiku will do what he is saying, when he get to power

  25. Sir, Buhari said more than this when he was campaigning but what we see today is totally different…… I won’t believe anything anyone is saying until then

  26. Good idea,hope you are not giving us false hope and promise,because when politicians succeed on that seat story will change.

  27. We’ve heard this story while growing up Pls!
    Politicians with all the empty promises
    Sometimes I keep wondering if you guys don’t get tired sef.

  28. Are you suppose to be making public how you intend to solve boko haram problems . Do you think they don’t watch news .

  29. That was what buhari said in 2015 and u are saying the same thing again. Is only God that can fight for us

  30. If you try and defeat them, better, but not only defeating them, provide money and needs for the people in the country
    Boys are not happy at all

  31. This is a good spirit from Atiku,I pray you will do something about it if you are elected president come 2019, keep this spirit up.up Atiku. ..

  32. Campaign strategy!!! That is what they will all be saying before assuming the position, the moment they get there, the story will change.

  33. Atiku has started drawing his map of defeat towards the boko harms when he emerges the winner of the 2019 general election as the president of Nigeria. May all his dreams be actualized

  34. Theoretically, these ideas workout too well. But until we start seeing the impact of any idea on the citizenry and our societies at large, we are still where we are. Though giving change a chance to try is still the best option on the table for all of us now.

  35. All i wish for My country is good leadership and prosperity,may God help you to fullfill ypur promises as you become the president

  36. This bokoHaram issue has become a very nagging issue in Nigeria ….Nigeria will need the intervention of foreign military powers.

  37. You know well how to defeat boko haram because you how they came. Don’t wait to be the president to send them away.

  38. If you can arm the Nigeria army just like you have said, it will help a lot in tackling this Boko Harams issue.

  39. You are not the first person to say that, other leaders also said the same thing but didn’t fulfill it

  40. Very nice speech with really valid points. Our problem however is that when aspirants get into power, we hear a different tune. May God save Nigeria.

  41. We heard the same thing from the present government during their presidential campaign, all na wash!!!

  42. If you have a good aim like defeating Boko haram the Lord will be your strength. This coming election will be yours.

  43. My questions is,bokoharam are human beings and not ghost. The military are really doinga great job. Some top personnel are supplying this terrorist weapons and finance too.

  44. Nigeria is a joke, GEJ was voted out for corruption and massive deaths from the Boko Haram, now PMB is solving corruption, but Boko Haram killings became doubled plus herdsmen killings. If ATIKU wins the election!!! Does it means Nigerian will be corruption free in 2019?

  45. I wish yhu well that’s if only you will become the next president. Besides I hope you will definitely defeat them when you become president nor giving us stories later

  46. Oha don’t promise wat u can’t fulfil…it’s called humility

    In ur 8 years with Obasanjo u did nothing why shld we trust u now……we are only voting u cuz we want Buhari out

  47. If the government is able to provide commercialized arms nd ammunition
    There no way boko haram will not be stopped
    I stand with atiku
    Our president is not performing well

  48. That’s it you just saying all this things to us so you’ll be elected no problem cause you’ll win buhari is not alive the second one won’t be elected too so you got my vote Mr.

  49. We need good education
    Employment to keep the mind positively active
    And a business encouraging environment
    That will be the 1st step to end terrorism

  50. I think we should give him a chance like we give buhari a chance and he changed everything, maybe atiku can make a difference

  51. Buhari said thesame thing during his campagin with Jonathan but boko haram has cause more harm

  52. This is a good spirit from Atiku,I pray you will do something about it if you are elected president come 2019, keep this spirit up.

  53. Boko Haram has taken its roots in Nigeria and only a concerted effort and good strategy like you have pointed out can sweep them away.

  54. All these talk by Atiku isn’t sincere, they are just to deceive people to vote for him, and when he comes there is nothing that he will do.

  55. To My Opinion This Is A Very Serious Case Because BokoHaram Are A Very Stubborn Team….That Can Never Be Defeated Except My Wisdom

  56. you’re a northerner & a fulani
    BOKO is northern & possibly Fulani.

    He would definitely negotiate.

    I no talk anything oooo

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