A ministerial nominee and retired Major General from Kano State, Bashir Magashi on Thursday cited the infighting among Nigerian Service Chiefs as one of the factors aiding the resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
Magashi stated this during the ministerial screening in the Senate while reacting to a question by the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu on insurgency in the country. He claimed that the relationship among the Service Chiefs was far from being cordial.
His words: “Regarding the issue of the Service Chiefs, in my own view, we are caught in a situation where you find out that each commander or Service Chief tries to please the nation.
“Anytime the Service Chiefs conduct operations, you find radio coverage that the Air Force has done this, the Army has done this. Thank God we are not near the ports where we can see that the Navy is also involved.
“If the Navy was around here, then the three services would have been on the same collision course.
“In an ideal situation where I served as an ECOMOG commander, it was a single unit that was overseeing the needs, the aspirations, welfare of our troops in combat zones.
“In Nigeria today, what we call command structure is now being seen as weakness. We have almost decimated all our forces and I do not think the current structure is a true reflection of the manpower requirement in this country.
“We only have divisions probably by name but I do not think we have the required manpower to man them.”