The war against insurgency in the northeast, the military: no retreat no surrender

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The war against insurgency in the northeast, the military: no retreat no surrender

By Jude Melea Moses

‘Where is the messiah? ‘Where is our promised peace?’ The northeast Wept!

For almost a decade, the violent conflict in Nigeria’s northeast has brought tears not only to Nigerians, but lovers of peace. This has brought development to its knees – hopping for a messiah that will bring that lasting peace needed to propel the struggling development in the northeast is not longer a question because, the messiah is already here!

As an oath, the Nigerian army has promised to restore that longing peace needed in the northeast,  even if dying is what it takes – the army, the peace messiah has, and is ready to be that sacrificial lamb for peace to rain again – no retreat no surrender until peace is generous in the northeast, they have pledged; ‘no turning’ back without peace in hand – like its code name, ‘…Lafiya  Dole’ if you don’t mind.

Like a child’s dream, it started in 2002 by its then leader, late Mohammed Yusuf. In 2009, after the death of Yusuf – and Abubakar Shakau on the throne, this sect became violent, after almost a decade, like a wild fire, this terrorist group was able to unleash several painful attacks that plunged the world into tears.

Boko Haram has long moved from a mare terror group to what is know as hybrid warfare, HW. Hybrid war includes both conventional and irregular tactics adopted by BH such as: slaughtering of victims, suicide missions, kidnapping and other criminal activities. Do you still think the Nigerian army is still sleeping on insecurity in the northeast? Listen:

This extremist religious sec is out to get the head of western education in Nigeria and that of its followers. Before now, should one refused their religious cannons or support their main objective of islamatizing Nigeria then, one should be expecting a funeral, if not many. With three main religions in Nigeria: Islam, Christianity and, Traditional African Religion, TAR, is this so-called main objective realizable? Even the real Muslims don’t support such.

From the Maitatsine crisis in the northeast down to that of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta,  MEND, to the Ombatse cult group in the middlebelt, and maybe, the herdsmen attacks in Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba state, none of these violent groups has threatened Nigeria’s territorial integrity like the Boko Haram after the separation struggles of Biafra in the ’60s.

In 2014, more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram, during the past administration, they sank their flags of victory in some local government areas in the northeast. In 2018, February precisely, 110 girls were abducted from a school in Dapchi, Your State. Efforts by the army gave freedom to some abducted persons including some Chibok girls. In less than one month, 104 out of 110 Dapchi abducted Dapchi girls were freed. Will you say the Nigerian army is sleeping? If your answer is yes, then think again.

Boko Haram has long moved from a mare terror group to what is know as hybrid warfare, HW. Hybrid war includes both conventional and irregular tactics adopted by BH such as: slaughtering of victims, suicide missions, kidnapping and other criminal activities. Do you still think the Nigerian army is still sleeping on insecurity in the northeast? Listen:

The number one economy in the world, America has the weapons and the intelligence. Have you ever heard that one Dasuki has been arrested for siphoning money made for weapons in the United States? How much does a last corporal in Nigeria collects as salary? And how much does his American counterpart collects? Do terror attacks still occur in America? The answer is yes! Bringing the comparison may not be necessary but some times, to spell out the fact that the Nigerian army is trying amist lacks; manpower, poor remuneration, weaponry and most of all, corruption. 

In clear words, The Chief Of Army Staff, Let. Gen, Tukur Buratai,  did say, if any army personel is found abusing the military code of ethics, that soldier will be tried and punished according to the law. The former Theatre Commander, Mr Ibrahim was transferred due to his poor performance on counterinsurgency in the northeast.

In a Press briefing the Acting Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, in response to an AI’s report on Human Rights violations, he said, a soldier that shot and killed 5 rescued civilians without a just cause was tried for murder, found guilty, convinced and was sentenced to death. And the list continued on how the army don’t take it easy on faulting soldiers. And on AI’s report on the military, every blessing comes with a burden.

At the unset, Boko Haram came as a wolf in sheep’s clothing or better still, religious’ clothing. People in the northeast, especially the youths supported it – the messiah they thought. After awhile, the wolf in Boko Haram came out, in it trails; wailings, tears and blood of innocent Nigerians continued to flow.

The Nigerian army stood-up and the youths pleaded for a collaboration with the military, and behold, CJTF: Civilian Joint Task Force was born. And since then, CJTF has not slept in what the late reggae super-star, Lucky Dube in his song said, ‘Crazy World’. When suicide bombers killed people in the northeast, ‘Crazy World!’ When herdsmen attacked people in the middlebelt and the northeast, ‘Crazy World!’ When Boko Haram abducted school girls in Chibok and Dapchi, ‘Crazy World!’ And in quest to restore peace finally to the northeast by the Nigerian army, Lucky Dube said, ‘so far so good…!

 

Mr Moses sent in this entry from Abuja for the competition. Mobile:08051521513

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  1. yes we can the Nigeria spirit is what the NA has so far exhibited in the fight against insurgency. more power to their elbows. However, more can still be achieved by them if the tempo of the fight can be sustained. Great exploit @Melea Jude Moses.

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