Boko Haram: Call for Foreign Intervention Now by Jose Akinlabi
The persistent siege mounted by Boko Haram on Nigerian state has arrived at the zenith and the country cannot continue to live in denial of its weariness to quell the insurgency. It has reached a point when the groan of Nigerians should echo beyond boundaries to rekindle any modicum of hope for quick extrication from the quagmire.
Our fights against Boko Haram sect have been sustained for many reasons with the paramount resolution to sustain the unity of the country and dissuade moves by disgruntled forces to have an inch of the country’s territory. This has made the government not to rest on its oars in the present campaign to end the wave of insurgency in the troubled northern states.The onus of protecting the country is ovewhelming especially at this trying time when the country is grappling with lots of security challenges.
The worrisome moment has crept in by the renewed hostilities of Boko Haram in Borno,Yobe and Adamawa state leaving restlessness in the wake.The news of how Boko Haram insurgents are having field day are disturbing with all tendencies of making any patriot uneasy. They are unleashing virulent attacks on towns and villages leaving many dead and maimed.Having laid seige on several other towns in Borno, Gwoza is now Boko Haram’s haven.
The dangerous dimension in which the activities of the sect has assumed in the past few weeks has dampened all sane hopes of freedom from their shackles .Their frequent attacks are weighing down the trust repose in government to decisively free the state from the heinous entanglement. Can we safely say the government is weary in its anti-terrorism mission ? Can we predict the incapacitation of Nigerian military due to recent desertion ? Is the country not deploying its full arsenal to crush the deadly sect ? While it is indisputable that the Nigerian army has been valiant in the anti-terrorism struggles,we should not shy away from hard truths on the overwhelming task.
The recent desertion levelled against some men of the Nigerian army is one distateful indications that the force is gradually slipping into weariness in the face of unbridled terrorist activities. Its steadfastness has been brought to question after wives of some soldiers thwarted their husbands’ deployment amidst strong complaint about that the military men were ill-eqipped with sophisticated weapons to combat the insurgents.
This may not be the time to plunge into the veracity of government claims on adequate funding of Nigerian army.The hovering reality is the lassitude of over-stretched Nigerian army currently saddled with the mission to extricate the country from the insurgence.
Terrorism is now a global plague and Nigeria’s cannot stand in isolation. Many other countries are witnessing onslaught by insurgents. Iraq is currently writhing under the siege of Islamic States and Al- Shabab are still unrepentant in their deadly attacks in Somalia and Kenya. One thing Nigeria shares in common with these countries ,is the uneasiness occasioned by terrorists activities.,The irascible acts of terror have pricked the conscience of humanities and the world has been summoned to witness horrific scenes of wanton destruction of lives, kinapping, beheading and raping. While we are still aghast on the painful tales of abducted Chibok girls which have hitherto remain in Boko Haram’s den, the sect continues to unleash its daring stunts in the North-east, despite the state of emergency impose on some states in the region . They attacked Police Training School in Gwoza and sacked Madagali Local Government in Adamawa State.
All these unabated attacks portend unimaginable dangers for the country if the terrorists are not quickly rooted out. Nigeria should bury her pride as giant of Africa and passionately solicit assistance from foreign nations to crush Boko Haram. While It is understandable that the Joint Military Task force has recorded some successes in the mission,the reality is dawning on us that it is an uphill task for the military and hence need for assistance to accomplish the mission. A quick reference to the ongoing engagement of American troops in Iraq’s fight against Islamic State suffice to buttress the call for foreign assistance. In 2013,, French troops and African Union (AU) forces had to back Malian forces in the mission to free the country from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AIQM),. It is time the government engaged foreign troops in this anti -terrorism campaign.Boko Haram just like other terrorist groups is a threat to the entire human
Jose Akinlabi writes from Department of Food Technology
University of Ibadan
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