Boko Haram’s Attack: Will There Ever be an End to it in Nigeria?

May 12, 2012 PHOTO_PIUS UTOMI EXPEI_AFP_GETTY IMAGES
Students stand in a burnt classroom at Maiduguri Experimental School in Nigeria, a private nursery, primary and secondary school burned by Boko Haram to keep children away from school, May 12, 2012. Photo/Pius Utomi Expei/AFP/Getty Images

What seems to be a home for all during the day and at night is gradually becoming a center for fear, anguish, torment and tears for Nigerians who reside in such states. Would words of consolation be enough to appease their hurt feelings which have been shattered by the daredevil of our generation, popularly known as Boko Haram?

What kind of memories do the Nigerian government want to create for the yet to be born generation, if these incessant bomb blasts and suicide attacks rocking the northern part of Nigeria continue to take their toil at will on the existing ones?

Gradually, indifferent Nigerians who by chance have been brainwashed with some illogical ideology have been made to commit suicide and destroy the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters without a second thought. What delight do they derive from cutting-short the lives of others when unity, peace and harmony have always been the great bond that binds Nigerians together?

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Military Insecurity

However, this doesn’t come as a surprise based on the fact that Nigerian security heads have shown signs of incompetence in tackling issues that involve the Islāmic sect.

Besides, the Federal and State governments have also contributed to the increasing acts of this group, as their lackadaisical attitude in taking swift action on Boko Haram has backfired negatively.

Is the government always afraid of this daredevil, as they’ve remained handicapped, only to turn to the pages of newspapers boasting to uncover those perpetrators and arresting unsuspected but suspected Nigerians to no gains?

Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. Photo/REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boko Haram has indeed become a big threat in the face of our society which has been given less attention to by our federal government and it’s entourage of security personnel. Nothing seems to be working well for our security teams despite their immense efforts to book the entire set of culprits, a situation which has raised serious concerns from the general public.

But then, will there ever be an end to Boko Haram’s threats in Nigeria? Will the federal government raise its bar high in a bid to uncover the nooks and crannies of the country where the Boko Haram sect seem to have built its tent?

The search for peace, most especially in the northern part of the country has created an atmosphere of intense pressure for former President Goodluck Jonathan and current President Muhammadu Buhari, despite their determination and quest to ensure peace reigns by all means.

It is a thing of shame for the most populous black nation in the world, considering the fact that Nigerian military/security forces play giant roles in most peace-keeping operations in Africa, yet the reverse is the case in her own country.

Come to think of it, what steps have our government taken to ensure that they gather enough information from those who searched bomb making factories in the northern part of Nigeria belonging to suspected members of the jihadi group?

Without mincing words, President Muhammadu Buhari should as a matter of urgency rise up to the challenge by addressing the state of insecurity in the country and deploying strong security personnel that will uncover all their hide outs and battle them tooth for tooth and nail for nail.

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The government shouldn’t treat them with kid gloves since they’ve shown that they are enemies of the people and the government.

At least, Boko Haram have shown that they are now a terrorist group whose intention is to shatter dreams and aspirations, trade peace for violence without an element of remorse.

By and large, the Federal and State governments must roll out their drums against these evil perpetrators in a bid to putting a stop to their incessant activities across the states of the federation, so as to re-ignite the long existing peace that was known in part to our country in the past.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s report on the Nigerian army’s task force to dismantle the Boko Haram Terrorist Group outlines mass executions are ordered for the sake of “counter-insurgency”, and the Nigerian army repeatedly carried out extrajudicial executions. In addition, it was reported that the military randomly picks out men in various locations, sets them aside, and calls them Boko Haram!