The present National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, will perform better than his predecessor, General Adrew O. Azazi, former governor of defunct North-Western state, Alhaji Usman Faruk has said.
Speaking with our correspondent in Kaduna, Faruk said the former NSA failed to tackle the Boko Haram menace because he relied solely on second hand information given to him by those working under him. “Azazi could not tackle the Boko Haram because he was afraid to go to the troubled areas to get first hand information. He relied on second hand information given to him by those around him in Abuja.
“It was this same information that he was giving the president as intelligence report. I have been vindicated on Azazi because when he was appointed as NSA, I went to Abuja and spoke my mind as a highly respected member of the Presidential Advisory Committee, that he cannot do the job. I said so because I knew he could not travel to volatile areas to gather intelligence reports. With what Colonel Sambo has started by visiting Yobe, he will succeed,” he said.
He urged the NSA to be courageous and continue with his visits to volatile areas across the country to gather intelligence report. The former governor also called on the Federal Government to dialogue with the Boko Haram sect. “Force will not bring about the desired peace. Even during the civil war, it was on the table that we ended it. So, dialogue is very important,” Faruk said.
He urged retired military officers in the country to support the new NSA with strategies and advice on how to tame the sect, stressing that the security challenges facing the country require the support and cooperation of all.