Ex-Attorney-General…US has Confidence in the new NSA Dasuki, as Boko Haram splits the North

The United States of America has a lot of confidence in the ability of the new National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki, to combat the insecurity in Nigeria, especially the Boko Haram insurgence.

This view was expressed by Bruce Fein, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America (USA) during the tenure of former President Ronald Reagan.

Fein, now an internationally-renowned constitutional attorney, scholar, writer and columnist, said such confidence comes from the training Dasuki has gone through in the USA, both academically and military.

He said Dasuki, who has a MA in Security Policy Studies (1992) and a BA in International Relations (1990) from The George Washington University, Washington DC (1990-1992) and American University, Washington DC  (1988-1990), has the requisite knowledge to deal with the security challenges facing Nigeria.

He said the training provided in the USA situates every challenge properly, adding that “the issue of terrorism requires that every situation is handled based on its peculiarity.

“For example, the issue of terrorism in Northern Ireland cannot be handled like that in Afghanistan or Iran. And the other good side of it is that he is from the North and is bringing a lot of credibility to bear on the task of dealing with the Boko Haram issue.

“His level of acceptance will, obviously, be quite different from that of someone from another region.

“And his degrees from American universities have widened his horizon and vision, a point that the USA does not joke with because of the level of investment that goes into the production of graduates.”

Fein said the USA has “a confidence level” in Dasuki, who has also attended numerous military trainings in the country.

Such courses include those of the US Army Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (1987-1988); US Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma (1983-1984); and US Army Institute of Personnel Management, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana (1982).

Fein added that “he already has a set of values in him. This will lead to a more constructive relationship with the USA in terms of collaboration.”

Fein, who has worked on the Nixon impeachment hearings in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice and served as Associate Deputy Attorney General, General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the appointment of Dasuki, saying it was a wise choice.

“Dasuki’s appointment speaks highly of President Goodluck Jonathan. It shows the willingness of the president to take on the security issue head on. It shows, again, that he wants to make use of home-grown solutions in tackling the security challenges.

“Indeed, the appointment is inspiring,” he said.

Meanwhile, from all indications, the statement credited to the Senate President, David Mark, over the insecurity in the Northern part of the country has further polarised the North, even as various interest and pressure groups in the geopolitical zone called Middle-Belt said attack on Mark from the far North over the comment was unwarranted.

It would be recalled that Senator Mark recently stated that the Boko Haram is pushing the country into religious war and called on the Northern leaders to wake up to their responsibilities.

Responding to the statement, notable Northern leaders like former adviser to former President Shehu Shagari,Tanko Yakasai;  Professor Ango Abdulahi, Senators Kanti Bello and Abdul Nigin, among others, urged the Senate president to resign his position over the statement.

Sunday Tribune reliably gathered that the reactions of the core North to Mark’s comment did not go down well with political leaders in the Middle-Belt and some viewed them as an onslaught on the geopolitical zone.

A source close to a meeting of some prominent Middle-Belt leaders held in Jos, Plateau State, over the weekend revealed that the attack on Mark over his comment on the insecurity in the North was viewed as part of the dichotomy and non-recognition of the zone as an integral part of the North.

According to the source, “what the Senate president said was the obvious truth and borne out of his concern for the insecurity in the country. No leaders worth his salt would be happy watching the atrocities being perpetrated by Boko Haram, especially the level of killing and destruction, and yet, keep quiet as if all is well.”

A pressure group, Centre for the Advocacy of Justice and Right, said the  recent statement by the Senate president, calling on leaders in the North to wake up to their responsibilities by condemning and calling for a halt to the current state of insecurity in the North is a positive comment that should be supported by all Nigerians, especially Northerners.

The group, in a statement entitled; “Politicisation of Insecurity in the North,” signed by its director, Gad Peter, said the Senate president should be commended for identifying the Senate and the ruling elite as part of the problem, and as such, should not shy away from being part of the solution.

It expressed disappointment at the negative responses credited to some leaders from the North over the comments, adding that the Northern elite have been slow in condemning “the reckless and senseless killings of innocent Nigerians,” especially Northern minorities by Boko Haram.

“We need not remind Northern leaders that the current threat of insecurity in the North is a threat to the corporate existence of the country.

“Instead of reacting negatively to the comment of the Senate president, what we expect them to do is rise to the occasion by working towards the return of peace and development to the North. It is time for practical solution and not side-talking and buck-passing,” the group said.

It, therefore,  called  on all Northern leaders to convene a security summit for the region to find ways of putting a halt to the spate of bombings and sense of insecurity.

Also reacting to the reactions to the comment made by Mark was the Plateau State Independent Publishers’ Association, which expressed regret that people of the Middle-Belt were  not recognised in the scheme of things and were still being treated like second-class citizens.

The group, in a statement signed by its chairman, Chief Enoch Shaks, said Northern leaders had not lived to their responsibilities, hence, their inability to control the Boko Haram, charging all leaders in the North to brace up and face the challenges head-on.