President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said lapses in intelligence gathering made it possible for insurgents to abduct 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State two weeks ago.
The President spoke at the 8th edition of the National Security Seminar, with the theme, “fighting tomorrow’s warfare today at the National Defence College auditorium Abuja.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President said henceforth the main focus of his administration would be to strengthen intelligence gathering capacity through use of cutting-edge technology.
He added that such strategies would make it less likely for tragic events as the recent attacks in Dapchi and Rann to occur.
Speaking on the Dapchi incidence, Osinbajo said, “I’m aware that since the incident happened Nigeria’s security and intelligence chiefs have all mobilised to Yobe State and environs, and have been re-assessing their strategies and approaches to securing lives and property and containing the ongoing threat that is Boko Haram.”
President of the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC) Brigadier General Jonathan Temlong said the Armed Forces were ill prepared to tackle the Boko Haram terrorist from the onset.
“In the threat analysis we predicted that the major threat our Armed Forces would face in the future will be asymmetric. The problem was that the document was not adopted and let alone implemented. We were therefore caught napping by not being prepared against an asymmetric threat at the onset of the Boko Haram crisis,” Temlong said.