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Nigeria may follow Sri Lanka’s war strategy against Boko Haram

The Nigerian military is considering using Sri Lanka’s military strategy it used against Tamils, in its war against Boko Haram, reported AFP.

A high-level Sri Lankan military delegation led by Chief of Defense Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya, was in the Nigeria meet their counterparts to share experience and expertise.

During the meeting, the Sri Lankans explained their “total security” strategy, described as “the translation of all the nation’s assets into military power to counter the scourge of terrorism”.

“They suggested that the military needed to enjoy the support of the entire country in its efforts to counter terrorism,” defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said they were “seriously considering the counter-insurgency experience of the Sri Lankan military with a view to identifying those areas that could be operationally beneficial to Nigeria in its battle to defeat terrorism”, a statement by the Nigerian Defence Ministry said.

Sri Lanka was “acclaimed as having achieved the reputation of effectively defeating terrorism in its territory”, the statement further said.