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Over 10 years of degrading war with Boko Haram, number one arch enemy of Nigeria, the terrorist keeps getting better than the Nigeria Armed Forces having bounced back strong with drones to disorganized the compromised Nigerian military.
The war against the Islamist sect group by Nigeria ought to have been won by now. The reelected president, President Muhammadu Buhari, a former warlord, boasted about his progress in the battle against Boko Haram. He often announced the clamped down of the terrorist number of time but just recently he admitted that the group are still constituting a nuisance in the country.
A complete 10 Years of war, the Islamic group still move around the country with impunity. They now fight with more high technology drones than the Nigeria army and fully armed with lots of successful victory over the military.
According to reports, the Nigerian Army no longer have the moral to fight, they now defend rather than attacking.
Some of them complain of lack of good support as their weapons and vehicles are so bad. Some complained that they haven’t received leave for more than three years.
In August, the eighth new commander in 10 years who’s in charge of the Operation Lafiya Dole, which means “Peace by Force,” told the field officer openly reminding them to give the troops food and water.
The Nigerian Army had to recall their troops outside the country in order to strengthen the defence. They were converged at a super camp. The super camps were placed inside garrison towns where the Nigerian military had kept tens of thousands of civilians — who were displaced by either the Boko Haram sects or the soldiers burned the villages to round them up.
It happened in the super camp in Bama that a camouflaged tank one afternoon moving around the axis of the environs, the soldiers are without a helmet, shirt open. Their leader, Major Ak Karma was seated behind the desk at the Bama super camp headquarters raised an alarm that a Boko Haram ambush was dissolved but the threat was downplayed.
Major Ak Karma said, there are one or two problems attacks from the terrorist but it doesn’t mean they have more attack than us, just that Bama is a fortress.
The following day, the super camp was attacked. 8As a result of this war against the Boko Haram, the rural northeast of Nigeria has been greatly depopulated, becoming one of the poorest places on earth, with more than 2 millions people abandon their homes, thousands killed, many are injured, some are kidnapped, some forced to join the war.
Information gathered revealed that nearly 22,000 Nigerians have been deported missing in a week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
When president Muhammad Buhari was elected president in 2015, the victory over the terrorist looks positive and as if they were winning with the soldiers going in full force to attack the Boko Haram.
Unfortunately, some years later, the battle waxed cold, the Army attention was drifted to some other security problems: gang wars and extremists in Zamfara, a northwestern region; gruesome battles over land rights in the center of the country; extrajudicial murders by police; kidnappings for ransom across the nation, xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa which led President Buhari order the immediate evacuation of Nigerians there.
Another factor hindering the battle against Boko Haram is corruption among the government officials, security agencies and others.
Nearly $80 million dollars was allocated by the government to fight the insurgency yet the soldiers complain of lack of good arms and ammunition, poor health care facility which left many Nigerians asking where the money went to.
As a result of this, many soldiers ran away from battlefront, many times while running away, they shout run for your life, the Boko Haram is coming to the citizens, then they strip off their uniforms, change to civilian wears, park their army truck and piled into civilian cars and zoom off.
The battle against the insurgents is getting out of the Nigerian military hands and needs the support of international bodies.