Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 12:54
Nigeria to study Sri Lankan experience in defeating LTTE to combat Boko Haram
The Nigerian Defence Ministry said that is studying the military tactics used by Sri Lanka to crush the rebel Tamil Tigers for its own battle against Islamist group Boko Haram.
Abuja has been criticized for its failure to contain the militant group, which has killed thousands since 2009.
Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamist state in northern Nigeria, has exposed severe weaknesses in Abuja's security forces and heaped political pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan.
High-ranking members of Nigeria's military met with a Sri Lankan delegation to discuss counter-insurgency tactics.
The chief of Nigeria's defense staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said it was "seriously considering" methods employed by Sri Lanka including "total security", or focusing all of the country's resources on the military.