Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has warned that there will be proliferation of small arms into Nigeria if tribal wars breakout in Chad.
Galadima spoke when he featured on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday.
He also reiterated calls to the Federal Government to recruit mercenaries to assist Nigerian troops in the fight against Boko Haram.
He stressed that the country may witness more violent attacks if the morale of the Nigerian military is not boosted.
Galadima noted that the military is overstretched and Nigeria lost the chance to seek foreign help over Buhari’s refusal to attend the burial of late president of Chad, Idris Deby.
“Nigeria has become extremely vulnerable and we lost a very good chance when our president refused to attend the burial of the Chadian strongman”, he said.
“Because there were world leaders including France and it could have been a very big opportunity if the president was there and discuss the security situation in both West and Central Africa. As we know, the Chadian strong man was the super cop in this region. He has soldiers stationed in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic to maintain peace.
“We lost this chance again because two days ago, the military council in Chad said they will never negotiate with bandits which means Chad will fall into civil war and you have the proliferation of small arms coming into Nigeria. And Nigerian military is overstretched; not enough manpower to tackle insecurity in the south-east, north-east, north-central, it means that the north can be overrun anytime.
“For now, I sympathise with the military because they are overstretched, under-armed and their morale is so low, so all we need to do is to boost their morale
“Tribal wars in Chad will make small arms filter into Nigeria and our military will be incapacitated. We have to recruit mercenaries to assist the spirit and carriage of our own troops”.
Galadima added that it is no longer advisable to use only force to tackle insecurity in the country.
“Our solution is simple and difficult. You cannot use only brute force of human strength now anymore to fight this war.
“I have said severally what you need is a merger of intelligence and technology. Unless Nigeria does that, we are likely to get into trouble.
“We are only attacking symptoms. Why don’t we go into the root cause? The root cause is simply that very few people corner Nigeria’s resources to themselves. An ordinary man has nothing to do, to eat. All we need to do, we must attack the foundation of insecurity in Nigeria, that is fighting corruption,” he added.