In the just concluded week, the United States-led coalition committed itself to help Nigeria and other West African countries to combat terrorism in their countries.
The global coalition led by US stated that lessons learned from the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and al-sham (ISIS) would be very useful and applicable in the battle against Boko Haram in Nigeria and other factions of terror groups in West Africa.
According to the US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, the United States is ready to deploy all the tools at its disposal to dislodge Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Notably, Washington’s readiness to combat Boko Haram in the oil-rich African country and other West African countries was amid its determination to outrightly defeat ISIS’s global branches and affiliates.
Also, in the bid to further strengthen the war against Boko Haram and record more wins in the North-Eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 declared 86 Boko Haram leaders and fighters wanted, and also absorbed some civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), hunters and vigilantes into its Super Camp operations.
According to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the induction of the Civilian JTF was necessary because of the key role they have played over-time.
He mentioned that their knowledge of the terrain and their ability to identify the members of the Boko Haram were impactful in winning the war against the insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Senate opposed the Federal Government’s strategy of reintegrating reformed Boko Haram into the society. Instead, the members of the Upper Chamber wanted repented terrorists and their sponsors to be prosecuted.
It also called for increased budgetary allocations for the military given the need for them to procure sophisticated equipment, arms and ammunition as well as have an improved welfare.
We feel that Nigeria needs all the help it can get to relieve itself of the burden of terrorism it has been carrying for a long while.
The economic cost has been overwhelming, investors now move to safer regions or sometimes neigbouring countries to set up their green-field investments.
Meanwhile, we expect the military to fully cooperate with the US-led coalition team, especially in the area of intelligence sharing, in order to effectively dislodge the terrorists.