Does Nigeria need Technology to tackle Boko Haram? President Goodluck Jonathan seeks Germany’s help with Technology to fight the Islamic Sect

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 4:29 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, seems to be taking fresh steps to end the scourge of Boko Haram attacks in the country. The President, who is currently on a three-day state visit to Germany has sought the assistance of Germany and the United Nations in tackling the insecurity in some parts of Nigeria orchestrated by the activities of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

At a joint press conference held with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, shortly after a bilateral talk between the two leaders in Berlin, Jonathan appealed for Germany’s assistance with technology to improve its security architecture in order to tackle the sect.

“The area we expect our development partners especially countries like Germany to help is in terms of our security architecture, training and providing us with some modern equipment.

You have to fight terrorists with technology because terrorists do not need to come with a rifle and you confront them one-on-one.

They will surprise you; they will not come to engage you except to defend themselves occasionally. So, you must have superior technology to monitor them and know how you can relate with them.

And these are the areas we believe that countries like Germany and others and even the United Nations can assist us.”

He added that his administration is on top of the security situation in Nigeria and assured would-be foreign investors of the safety of their lives and property in the country despite the activities of the sect. He faulted media reports that portend the whole of the country as unsafe, saying their activities are restricted to a few states in the Northern part of the country.

“Nigeria is still safe for investment. Nigeria is one country where investment returns are quite high and where we believe in the rule of law.

As a nation, we have security challenges because most investors talk about security. At present, we have the local terrorist group code named Boko Haram.

From publications on this terrorist group, it paints a very gloomy picture as if the whole country is in tatters. These terrorists operate in some states in the North-East part of the country but go into other states from time to time.

But what I can assure the global community especially our investors from Germany, is that government is working very hard to bring it under control.”

On her part, Merkel promised Germany’s resolve to work with the Nigerian government to bring the security situation under control. She stated that with the newly established bilateral commission between Germany and Nigeria, they should be able to discuss the issue with the aim of coming up with greater details of the areas where Nigeria may need help.

“But I think what is most important is the resolve of the Nigerian government to deal with such a group and to remain on top of the situation and protect the peace loving people of Nigeria who suffer most from such attacks,” she said.

Seems like the President is trying so hard to ensure continued foreign investment in the country, for obvious reasons though.

The President said “You have to fight terrorists with technology because terrorists do not need to come with a rifle and you confront them one-on-one.” I see that he is talking about weapons here.

But with this: “So, you must have superior technology to monitor them and know how you can relate with them.” What sort of technology does Nigeria need to track down Boko Haram?

What do you think about the new turn of events? Is technology what Nigeria needs to tackle Boko Haram attacks in the country? Is the President’s appeal to Germany a step in the right direction?

Please share your thoughts.

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  • 24 Comments on “Does Nigeria need Technology to tackle Boko Haram? President Goodluck Jonathan seeks Germany’s help with Technology to fight the Islamic Sect”

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    • Anon April 20, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      I am ashamed to be a Nigerian! Thatisall

    • ifeomimi April 20, 2012 at 5:40 AM

      divide nigeria let south and north be as it was b4 lugard. Hoo-haah.

      • businesswoman April 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

        abi oo…wat av been saying since.dats d genesis of our problems but since d deed has bin done,lets jus find a way to develop despite dat…

    • Mike Ezea April 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM

      It’s very obvious that boko haram can not be controlled by our national security bcos some of them are even boko haram. Therefore seeking forign assistance is the best option for now

    • love motion April 20, 2012 at 6:34 AM

      we pray its work

    • Muhammed Nasir April 20, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      The technology that Nigeria need from germany,every one know’s that is weapons.Provide a good weapons to our security but don’t bring germany’s soldiers in our country!.

    • faith April 20, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      I agree with Mike Ezea….

    • christy April 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      Is dere anything dat wil be done dat pple wil nt complain?

    • guest April 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      It’s a shame that Nigeria can’t handle their security problems without seeking for help outside the country, but they can loot money without seeking for any international aid.

    • LPS April 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM
    • some where in abuja April 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Anon if u are ashamed to b a nigerian,pls simply pack your luggages aand leave.How can you b ashame of ur origin.I pray this issue of boko haram will end one day and angry youths in this fight will drop their weapons and embrace peace for the sake of our beloved country.I don’t think people calling for the division of this country means well.We can only developed when we are one.We all need each other.The south need the north just as the north need the south together for national development.We should only continue to pray for naija.I love naija and i am proud to be a nigerian any day any time and anywhere.LONG LIVE NAIJA

    • paschal. April 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      my bros, i think what we need now is to be honest with ourselves. Let the govt. be honest with her citizens and vis visa. Then you will see better things happening to us in this country. Corruption in govt. is the biggest monster in Nigeria today.

    • Chima (JIRO) April 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      YES BN, its a step in the right direction and it is a well thought-out request, NIGERIA NEEDS SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM! scanners and stuffs like dat.

    • oluchi April 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      A right step in the right direction!! http//:luchidotcom.wordpress.com

    • Fidelity April 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Tank 2 gudluk.bt pls no dat every plan of FG always ve negative attak on pple liv in northeast so d solution 2 boko haram shd b in secret…d country shd go on mass fastin nd prayer bcause we cant fit a shadow unles dey come out…boko haram are coward.

    • XoXo April 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      What the hell is security architecture?!

    • Joy April 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Jonathan, and all these old leaders need to stop lying to us and accept they are the cause of all the problems. The government knows who boko haram is, their sponsors are part of the government. We all know some hausa extremists are angry that their time to serve was taken from them. Jonathan, what about you seek the help of United states to help you guys fight corruption, then we will be getting somewhere.

    • Anonymous April 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      What a DumbLuck we voted

    • treasure April 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      Our problem is not the lack of technology but the lack of enabling environment to develope our technology. How long are we gonna keep running to outsiders to help us solve our problems? As mush as I agree we could use Germany’s help, I still believe we could take some strategic actions to arrest this menace. We have the brains and the brawns to manage this situation, all we need to add is just the enabling environment. This interview was help with a human being for God’s sake. We know who they are and maybe even where they are. What the hell happened to good-old-tracking and observation techques. Why do we have to sacrifice the few funds left-over-from-loot to fight people who use crude products to develope “bombs”. We better wake up.

    • treasure April 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Our problem is not the lack of technology but the lack of enabling environment to develope our technology. How long are we gonna keep running to outsiders to help us solve our problems? As mush as I agree we could use Germany’s help, I still believe we could take some strategic actions to arrest this menace. We have the brains and the brawns to manage this situation, all we need to add is just the enabling environment. This interview was help with a human being for God’s sake, not a ghost. We know who they are and maybe even where they are. What the hell happened to good-old-tracking and observation techques. Why do we have to sacrifice the few funds left-over-from-loot to fight people who use crude products to develope “bombs”. We better wake up.

    • Musty chiroma May 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      The hole problem lies on our hands bcos what we should do we’re nt doing it wel!

    • John caleb August 17, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      If they refuse to change, then they should wrap all

    • Nifemi Caleb University January 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      We pray the plan works. If bringing a foreign country would make things better so be it.

    • nifemi (Caleb university,imota,lagos state). January 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      If bringing a foreign country would work so be it, let’s give nigeria a try and let’s pray it works.