Boko Haram: Glaring Signs President’s December Deadline Isn’t Realistic

Boko Haram insurgents

President Muhammadu Buhari had given December as the deadline to completely stamp out Boko Haram. This was one of his core campaign promises even up till when he assumed office in May. Today is December 7, and we don’t see the end of Boko Haram in sight. Although, anything is possible but looking at it logically and realistically it looks kind of dicey. Here are some 5 glaring sings that points to the fact that Boko Haram will still be in existence even in January…

Firstly, in the first few weeks that preceded Buhari’s coming into office, there was a spate of bombing in the North-east including Abuja in October, which means they were gaining momentum by the day

Secondly, the Boko Haram as at the time Buhari assumed office, had grown out of a local problem and had become regional, therefore making uneasy to stamp it out in 7months

Thirdly, Countries like Chad Republic are more interested in what they will gain from Nigeria financially than actually assisting in the fight to stamp out Boko Haram

Fourthly, the deadline sounds more like a guideline to Nigerian army than an actual deadline to completely stamp out the terrorist group

Fifthly, operational, logistic and administrative setbacks that are beyond the control of the military authorities are obvious reasons this deadline isn’t realistic

Lastly, according to Executive Secretary of CCC, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd) during a briefing the press in Abuja in Nov said that “the time line on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states is therefore not tenable in the current efforts by the armed forces of Nigeria and we couldn’t agree more.


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