Is Boko Haram Really On the Outs in Nigeria?

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The continuous bomb blasts and suicide attacks from the daredevils, popularly known as Boko Haram simply show their new level  offensive against the Nigerian Army recently in the northern part of the country.

It would be unfair to assume that the Nigerian Army and Joint Military Task Force have not done enough to silence the Islāmic sect, who overnight has become, according to some scholars, the world’s second most notorious terrorist group.

Having gained international attention, Boko Haram have now devised other means of causing havoc by invading the camps of Internally Displaced Persons (people who have been made homeless due to their attack) with ease.

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The usual attacks on military road blocks, government buildings, kidnapping of children and remote communities are gradually being put on hold.

This new trend of attack is gradually becoming alarming and could destroy the credibility of the nation’s security team in the fight against terrorism or any form of militia attack.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been countless attacks on the IDP camps in the northern part of the country even though a few have been foiled by the Nigerian army.

Notably, the massacre of at least 58 internally displaced persons (IDPs) by two female suicide bombers in their camp in Dikwa, Borno State, on Tuesday, February 9, which fully brought home the high level of vulnerability of the IDPs.

Most of the IDPs are children orphaned by the insurgency in the northeast and widows who also lost their husbands to the Boko Haram insurgency.

For a camp that houses some 53,600 IDPs, no effort ought to be spared in giving the camp dwellers adequate protection. The attack raised security fears after the third suicide bomber, who refused to detonate her bomb, said more of such attacks were being planned by the terrorists.

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Those who suffered fled from terror and ended up in the jaws of terror in the most unlikely place, a supposed safe haven.

Recently, the brigadier-general in the Defense headquarters; Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, revealed that terrorist groups have fashioned out another method of killing their victims by planting land mines on farmland to kill rural dwellers across the region.

Interestingly, the sect group who have become a force to be reckoned with in the international community, have also disguised themselves as herdsmen(cattle rearers) in an unfashionable manner to gain easy entrance into remote communities across the country.

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It is unacceptable when the President continues to promise Nigerians that those involved in dastardly acts will be brought to justice while these incessant attacks continues to gain prominence in some parts of the country.

Facing facts

According to a report by the Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the number of fatalities and injuries rose 190 percent in 2015 from the previous year, while the use of human bombs rose 167 percent in the same period. The London-based non-profit group said the increase was part of a global trend that had seen a rise in civilian casualties from “explosive weapons” for the fourth consecutive year.

The figures coincided with a warning from Nigeria’s military that Boko Haram had sabotaged farmers’ fields in the mainly rural northeast with landmines. Of the 3,048 deaths recorded in 84 incidents in Nigeria in 2015, 2,920 were civilian casualties or 96 percent of the total, AOAV said in Unacceptable Harm — Monitoring Explosive Violence in 2015.

That made Nigeria the fourth worst-hit country in the world for deaths and injuries from conflict in 2015 behind Syria, Yemen and Iraq, with Afghanistan in fifth.

Besides, as small as Boko Haram is, it has become a menace to the society at large, thereby creating an atmosphere of total despair and uncertainty amongst Nigerians.

Their wings have grown so large to an extent that, they have made themselves daredevils desperate to spill blood at will.

Although, their ugly dominance in the northern part of the country may be largely due to the fact that, the majority of them have been brainwashed to fight for an unjust cause.

The state at which the nation has been turned around into a test land for different types of bomb devices is becoming alarming and unprecedented.