Why Boko Haram Gained The Upper Hand Over Nigeria and Some Facts About Them By Jasper Azuatalam
1. The government misunderstood Boko Harram to be a Northern conspiracy against a South-South president. They forget that the first uprising was in 2009 when Yar’Adua was still president. It may be too late for us to wait to find out after a South-south president, when Boko Haram would not stop their attacks.
2. Boko Haram was underestimated by Nigeria and her government; many facts pointed to that and one of which is the attempted negotiation with the sect.
3. Our security men on the field are not well motivated to fight the sect and they do not trust the government to be void of complacency.
4. Corruption and insincerity on the part of the government in the fight against Boko Haram.
Facts that we must accept to begin an effective war against Boko Haram:
a. Boko Harram is a terror organization and one of the tactics of every terror organization is deceit. They trick their targets with false claims so they do not understand their true nature and origin, so the fight against them can either be impossible or difficult.
b. Terrorist organizations do not dialogue, though they may pretend to in an attempt to deceive their target.
c. Terrorists have only one goal and that is to cause terror. Their satisfaction is in killing, maiming, and causing pain to their target.
d. Terrorists have no religious or tribal loyalties. When they pretend to do, they only aim to deceive their target and gain an upper hand.
e. One of the weapons of terrorism is to cause disunity among their target and weaken their resistance.
f. The same way we have international NGOs and organizations who are investing money to make the world a better place is the same way we have international terrorists that are investing their money to make the world a bitter place and terrorize humans.
g. International terrorists are investing in Boko Harram and causing terror in Nigeria.
h. Boko Harram has declared war against Nigeria and the only way to stop them is to unite and fight back
we must diagnose our sickness and identify it before we get a cure. It is dangerous to have Typhoid fever and be treating malaria.
To an ordinary Southerner, Boko Haram is the creation of northern elites to make the Jonathan’s administration ungovernable. To an ordinary Northerner, Boko Haram is the creation of the Jonathan-led government in order to decimate the population of northerners and to destroy their economy. But to Boko Haram there is no distinction between northerner and southerner or Muslim and Christians. Their goal is to cause terror and their target knows no such bounds.
Those who are asking the government for money to talk to Boko Haram over dialogue are just trying to take advantage of our pains to exploit the government and the people. There is nothing to talk about. Boko Haram is a terrorist group. The only thing we can do is to stop them.
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