By Bala Dauda, Damaturu
Dr Lawan Cheri, an expert in peace studies and conflict management, has advised the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prioritise security when he assumes office on May 29.
Cheri told our correspondent in Damaturu that security and socio-economic development of any given society are inextricably intertwined.
He particularly charged the president-elect to ensure that those entrusted with prosecuting the war against insurgency in the North-East live above board.
“ He should study the actions, inactions and reactions of previous administrations as far as security is concerned.
“ Where there is a need for amendment, he should make the correction. Where there is need for consolidation, it should be done too.
“ And where new policies and new decisions are required, they should be provided.
“ The fact that his administration and the outgoing one are of the same party, it doesn’t mean everything they did is right.
“ There is a need for correction, especially when there are allegations of corruption within the military and top shots of public service,” the don said.
Cheri, a senior lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, lauded the moral and logistical support that the Buhari administration provided to troops in degrading Boko Haram insurgents.
“ I give credit to Mr President for his enormous support to the military to prosecute the war.
“ Through this, the military became resilient and proved superior in the end because they successfully conquered the terrorists.
“ They changed from defensive tactics to being the attackers, and took the war to the enemies in the trenches,” he said.