Boko Haram is still living with us

#BokoHaram | #BringBackOurDapchiGirls

The celebration of the technical defeat of Boko Haram has been going on within the military circle for weeks right here in Nigeria until Monday night, February 19, 2018, when the dreaded terrorist group struck again in the north.

This time, they invaded a Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State, and abducted still unknown number of young female students, even though parents have started coming out to look for their kids, which has helped to put the number at 115 at the time of putting this together.

The method of February 19 invasion of the school was similar to the April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram terrorist group stormed Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, and abducted 276 female students.

Boko Haram was said to have spent hours “undisturbed” by security operatives during the Chibok invasion, and kidnapped girls who were preparing for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

That incidence caught international attention, and took Nigerian government years before they could secure the release of some of the kidnapped girls.

The Chibok incidence was politicized by the two major political parties: Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which was the ruling party at the time, and All Progressive Party (APC), the main opposition at the time.

The release of the Chibok girls formed one of the campaign manifestoes of now ruling party APC, promising to defeat the killer-group less than a year, how far they’ve been able to go is now a history.

The present administration recorded a tremendously achievement in dislodging Boko Haram, particularly in Sambisa Forest Borno State, North East, Nigeria, but they group continues to regroup and launch deadly attack on other parts of the north, where military has little presence.

Before the APC-led administration came on board, more than half of Nigerian territory in Borno State had been taken over by the dreaded group.

While some members of the group voluntarily surrender to the military, others continue to attack soft target, making it more completed to use military action 100% to conquer the terrorist menace.

Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls, Aisha Yesufu, recently said on Channels Television, “It is sad that exactly what happened in 2014 in Chibok, Borno State, is repeating itself in another state.”

Instead of the state governor Mr. Ibrahim Geidam to rally round with the security operatives in his state for vital information sharing, came live on a national tv to making pronouncement that some of the abducted girls had indeed been liberated by Nigerian soldiers. He was helpless and the pressure was conspicuous while he was making it as “breaking news” on channels and other tv stations.

I wanted to publish it right away as breaking news since channels was one of my sources of verified information in Nigeria, on the second thought I had to wait.

The cries of parents that their girls were yet to return home made the whole world know that the state government relied on unconfirmed report from yet to be named sources.

“We issued the statement on the basis of information provided by one of the security agencies that is involved in the fight against Boko Haram and which we had no reason to doubt.

“We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible,” Yobe State government apologized in a statement.

But before the state government issued the communiqué, media houses had published report that some of the girls were killed in a bid to rescue them from the terrorist group.

With latest Boko Haram invasion of yet another girls’ school in the north it means that the dreaded group is still very much around with us; Boko Haram members are still our neighbours.

How to Solve the Issue of Boko Haram and Terrorism in Nigeria

The war against Boko Haram and other groups related to terrorism will not be over in Nigeria until Nigerian government invests heavily on intelligence gathering.

“Nigeria needs to invest in intelligence gathering,” Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls, Aisha Yesufu said recently.

Nigeria shares land boundaries with Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north, all these borders are porous. Anyone can walk in and out any time, making Nigeria’s territory prone to invasion and other human hazards.

To stop this menace, the borders must be protected by the security operatives assisted by modern day technology as used by technologically-driven countries around the world.

Close to ten years after Nigerian government committed billions of Naira into National Identity Card nothing has come out it. What more than 90% of Nigerians carry around is just a printed paper during registration. Money for the budget for the project was embezzled by one of its top government officials.

Any serious government must have the exact figure of people within its territory, and the accurate data of anyone coming in. Nigeria must revisit this so to stop throwing money at fighting terrorism.

Terrorism is one of the completed “wars” a country can fight. It requires intelligence gathering and information sharing.

If Nigeria wants an end to the issue of Boko Haram, it must take the above suggestions seriously.

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