The Boko Haram Insurgency and the Urgent Need for a Lasting Solution

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The latest kidnap of 110 innocent schoolgirls from a school in the town of Dapchi in the North East of Nigeria on Monday by the Boko Haram terrorist group, has increasingly put incredible pressure on the Nigerian government, to take a decisive action aimed at bringing an end the Boko Haram insurgency. The recent audacity of Boko Haram is indeed a big blow and challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general and an ex-Military Head of State, who won the election on one of his foremost campaign promises to crush the Boko Haram insurgency and make security the order of the day in Nigeria. Alas, those two promises are a far cry from the reality.

For sure, President Muhammadu Buhari must be given some credits for declaring war on the Boko Haram terrorist group as well as killing many members of the group and driving them away from most of their occupied territory. But the Boko Haram group, which has sworn to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria and abolish school for women and ban other Western influences in the lives of Nigerians, is far from being defeated. After the terrifying abduction of 276 girls from Chibok, Nigeria, most of the girls still in the hands of Boko Haram, married off and impregnated, the Jihadists have struck yet again fearlessly. This time, they invaded the school in the town of Dapchi on Monday. Even though the governor of the affected area was quoted as saying some of the girls were rescued, the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls are still a mystery. The authority later debunked the rescue claims, the action which led to total condemnation and visible anger generally, especially amongst the affected families. President Buhari has labelled the latest kidnap a national disaster and apologized for the unacceptable abduction, which many see as a serious challenge to the Nigerian military might and exposure of the country’s security porosity. But neither the later acceptance of the Nigerian authority that the girls have not been rescued nor the apology from President Buhari is the solution to the Boko Haram menace. The latest abduction shows that the audacity of the terrorist group is far from being curtailed by the Nigerian government.

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The pressure on the Buhari led government to crush Boko Haram has further intensified, following the report from the Dapchi residents that soldiers posted in the town to provide much-needed security, unceremoniously left last month. However, such a report was quickly denied by the Nigeria’s defence spokesman. But the Nigerian government’s stand that the soldiers were not withdrawn equally raises some serious questions over the ability or willingness of the government to defeat the terrorists. If the Nigerian soldiers posted to Dapchi were around, how come the terrorists managed to kidnap the 110 innocent girls without the knowledge of or resistance from the army?

In a conflict that has taken more than ten thousand innocent lives and displayed millions, the question many are asking is: Isn’t it time for the government of Nigeria to take a strong and decisive step to eradicate the Boko Haram audacious terrorism and bring sanity and social and economic development and progress to the affected people of Nigeria? Failure to achieve this important, urgent and noble task will effectively show the ineffectiveness and the weakness of the Nigeria army. More than that, it will send a strong signal to another group of people who will challenge the constitution and territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Unless President Muhammadu Buhari finds a lasting solution to the Boko Haram terrorism, he will have himself to blame if those who voted for him on the promise to crush Boko Haram will doubt his sincerity and ability as a President – especially now that the next election is coming up in the year 2019.

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