Reno Omokri, a political and social rights analyst, and a former presidential Spokesperson on new media to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that countries that have military juntas as heads of governments experienced more terrorist attacks when compared to countries under civilian rules.
Reno Omokri made the statement on Thursday while reacting to a tweet made by the former Kaduna State Central Senator, Shehu Sani over the appointment of a non military person as Nigeria Defence Minister by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In quote, Shehu Sani had said: “In view of the security challenges faced by this country, I thought the Defence Minister should be a retired Military officer with experience and records of accomplishments. That office shouldn’t be just political especially at this time”.
Reno Omokri in a response said: “Dear Distinguished Senator, Shehu Sani. We had a former military General and Head of State as President and a retired General as Minister of Defence under Buhari, and our security worsened. The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things and expect different results.
“If Buhari and Bashir Magashi only worsened the situation, then perhaps it is right to change them. If you look at the Global Terrorism Index for 2023, the countries experiencing the most insecurity are nations governed by the military, including Burkina Faso (number 2) and Mali (number 4).
“Niger was making progress on the Global Terrorism Index until the military took over, and two days ago, Jihadists killed 14 Nigerien soldiers.
“If you look at our history, we have had more security when civilians headed the Defence Ministry than when soldiers (did). Niger Delta militancy began under TY Danjuma, an ex-General, as Minister of Defence and ended when a civilian, Yayale Ahmed, took over. Boko Haram insurgency started when a former General, Godwin Abbe, was Defence minister and is only now easing under Nuhu Ribadu as NSA.
“Let these ex-military guys give others a chance, and then we can compare and contrast”.