Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned payment of ransoms to the terrorist Boko Haram group, saying that such payments strengthened the insurgents beyond the capacity of the government forces.
Obasanjo spoke on the high level of insecurity in the country, stating that the Federal Government alone cannot tackle the menace, at the second session of the seventh Synod of the Anglican Communion, Oleh Diocese, in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to him, insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling. He regretted that Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.
He however wants the Federal Government to see to the right welfare packages for troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists. He lamented that “soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results.”