Chima Onyekachi; Writes/Reports for TBP
January 19, 2017

President Muhamudu Buhari and his Army Chief showcasing jihadist Islamic flag to the world at Aso Rock - the Presidential Vila
There has never been any doubt that the Nigeria government through its military has been propagating lies about victory against the deadliest terrorist group in the world, Boko Haram. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Tukur Burutai presented a Boko Haram flag and a Koran purportedly belonging to the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, he claimed that the camp of the terrorist group has been overtaken by the Nigeria military.

There has been no ceasefire from Boko Haram fighters since the Nigeria government propagated the lie of defeating the terror group. Rather, Boko Haram responded to the government’s propaganda with an attack at Tesha Kannu in Borno, resulting in 6 deaths and several injuries. The deadliest terrorist group ushered the year 2017 with an attack at an Army base in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, killing 9 soldiers on the spot. Boko Haram is targeting worship centers, markets, parks, schools, military bases and public places with suicide bombers as promised by the leader of the terrorist group last year.

The latest of the attack by the Islamic terror group happened in the early hours of January 16, 2017 at a mosque located in the staff quarters and another location within the University of Maiduguri and was carried out by a teenager. At least eight people including a university professor were killed and 20 were injured in the suicide bomb attack, as of first count.

In an audio recording published on YouTube, Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, has taken responsibility for the attack at the University mosque, he said the mosque was attacked because it was “ungodly”. He reiterated that none of its members were killed by the Nigeria Army in its Sambisa forest stronghold. Shekau mocked President Buhari in his audio clip as he questioned him: “Are you (Buhari) as powerful as God? He continued “You should know its Shekau talking and I’m alive and it’s we that did it, even if King Pharoah repents, we will not accept it.”

Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria with its rank and file made up of Islamic fanatics. The group used to be peaceful until its pioneer spiritual leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was arrested and summary executed by the Nigeria police in 2009. After then, Boko Haram has held and occupied villages and towns and has even overridden military barracks with Nigeria soldiers scampering in fear. Only a fool will believe the Nigeria government claim of defeating the terrorist group. ISIS and Al-Qaeda which is not as deadly as Boko Haram have not been defeated by combined forces of world powers, then how will an ill-equipped and salary-owing Nigeria Army defeat the deadliest terrorist group?

Recently, tragedy struck when a Nigerian Army fighter jet fired and shot some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Medicines Sans Frontiers and over 200 civilians in Kala Balge in Borno State. The Nigeria Army has claimed it was a misfiring while conducting an operation after it received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kalga Balge area of Maiduguri. But there are strong suggestions that the fighter jet may have been piloted by a Boko Haram sympathizer that has penetrated the Nigeria armed forces. As usual, this gruesome crime will be swept under the carpet without a thorough investigation by the Nigeria government.

Meanwhile, US President-elect, Donald Trump’s transitional team has questioned the authenticity of the defeat of Boko Haram, the team asked the State Department why the US government of Barack Obama has not achieved victory over Boko Haram in Nigeria. The four-page list of Africa-related questions from the transition team also questioned why all the Chibok girls have not been rescued and repeatedly questioned US foreign aid to Africa. It said: “With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when we are suffering here in the U.S?”

The fact is that the Nigeria government is not capable of defeating Boko Haram at least not under President Buhari who is a vocal sympathizer of the terrorist group. And the transitional team of President-elect Donald Trump is absolutely right about the waste of foreign aid to Nigeria where corruption is on the high scale beginning from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
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