Why The Recent Victory Of Nigerian Troops in Konduga Is Not Yet Victory Against Boko Haram
The last few weeks have been one of victory for the Nigerian Army in the battle against insurgency in the country as huge successes were recorded against the Boko Haram sect.
In four different attempts, the Boko Haram insurgents swam on Konduga, a town located 35 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State in an attempt to overrun the town and advance towards the capital city which it had earlier promised to capture before the Muslim Sallah festivities beginning October 4.
However, the sect met the fierce resistance of the Nigerian troops who at some instances laid ambushed for them or faced them in fierce battles that ended in the favour of troops.
Put together, the sect according to the Defence Headquarters lost over 400 members in all the four attempts they made to invade Konduga, while the military only had four of its soldiers injured,
The military, after one of the victories in Konduga took to the street of Maiduguri celebrating the feat they have not achieved since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009. Nigerians from all works of life also joined them in celebrating the victory.
The victories of the army not withstanding, the task of ending the Boko Haram Insurgency still remains a long battle that we must be conscious about and not get carried away by.
The army might have killed many of the insurgents and recovered many assorted weapons they have used in terrorizing Nigerians, but all the towns seized by the insurgents before the recent victories in Konduga have not been recaptured. The Boko Haram sect are still occupying those towns.
As at last week, the terrorists were said to be in control of 25 towns in the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, notably among them Bama, Gwoza, Damboa and Buni Yadi. 10 of those towns are said to be in Yobe, 10 in Borno and 5 in Adamawa.
The Nigerian army has battled very hard to reclaim these towns without success, even though it claims to have retaken some of them. The controversy generated over who was in control of Bama is a case in point.
In a series of tweet via his twitter account, Nigerian journalist, Ahmed Salkida, exiled in the United Arab Emirates, who was in Sambisa few months ago on the invitation of President Goodlcuk Jonathan to negotiate the freedom of the abducted Chibok girls reminds the army and Nigerians that the recent victory in Konduga is not yet victory in the fight against Boko Haram.
“Mark my words: Konduga was a turning point for the NA but the journey to an ‘assured future’ is still long and tough,” Salkida tweeted.
So why we are busy celebrating the success of the army, we must not get carried away and forget to remind them that our lives are still in danger so long as the terrorists hold on to our towns and villages. The Nigerian Army must also not be carried away by the Konduga victory.
Boko Haram needs to be completely crushed for us to have our peace in the country.
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