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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Boko Haram defeated? I don't think so!

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A few weeks ago Nigerians woke up to a good news: The capture of Sambisa forest, the base of the
dreaded Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. This group has been terrorising Nigeria for about eight years, they have killed thousands of Nigerians and destroyed properties worth billions of Naira.
They have made people desert their homes in the North eastern part of Nigeria and become internally displaced people in their home country and the neighbouring countries and the one that got them global attention, the abduction of two hundred and nineteen school girls from Chibok town, these and many others are the "tears, sorrows and blood" left behind by Boko Haram.

With the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari who promised to decimate Boko Haram within few months in office, every Nigerian was eagerly waiting for the complete destruction of Boko Haram. Nigerians however began to worry over the government's inability to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram within the time they specified, their attacks never seem to be going down as they continue to detonate explosive devices at every little opportunity. After some time, some good news began to come in, a few of the Chibok girls were released though it was widely circulated in the media that they were exchanged for some Boko Haram prisoners. On the part of the Nigeria Military, they never relented in their efforts to win the war and so the day came, the capture of the infamous Sambisa forest, the home of Boko Haram where the Chibok girls, Boko Haram soldiers and their armouries were allegedly being kept so our expectations were quite clear, we thought our Chibok girls were free finally, the leader of the group Abubakar Shekau, would either be arrested or killed in battle and their cache of arms captured too but it was less than what we expected. The Nigeria Military successfully got to the terrorist camp but it was an abandoned camp therefore the only thing they could capture was Shekau's Boko Haram Flag and Quran, despite the fact that nothing tangible was captured in Sambisa forest, the Nigeria Military did not leave the captured Quran and flag behind as they submitted it to the President as proof of their success against Boko Haram and there was jubilation in some quarters but the big question remains where are the abducted Chibok girls believed to be in captivity in Sambisa Forest.
The Presidency in their usual way says Boko Haram has been defeated but how true is this? There is nothing to show that Boko Haram has been defeated. Where are the Chibok girls, where is Shekau, where is the host of Boko Haram army, where are their cache of arms? Until these questions are provided with answers, the news currently making the rounds should not be taken seriously. The Nigerian government must not take Nigerians for granted when it has to do with issues of this magnitude, they should live above media propaganda and image laundering and always tell Nigerians what they need to know. The same thing applies to the Nigeria Military though the efforts of the Nigeria Military cannot be underestimated in the fight against insurgency in the north east, they have made lots of progress and have also achieved a lot in this war but they should as well try to face realities sometimes.
There are however insinuations that there may be another Boko Haram camp outside the already known Sambisa forest where the girls may have been kept therefore the Nigeria Military may need to go find out and capture it too.

-Opinion

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