Boko Haram since its inception has been responsible for over 150,000 deaths in Nigeria and still counting. With their dreadful suicide attacks and community massacre, they have grown to become a terror not just in Nigeria but also in the minds of many outside the country. However, knowing full well that their attacks have not gone beyond Nigeria; would you describe them as a world terror group?
The Commander of the United States’ Special Operations Command Africa Marcus Hicks in a statement yesterday said Boko Haram is the world’s most lethal terror group, presenting Boko Haram on red alert all over the world. Knowing full well that Boko Haram has not posed any threat beyond northern Nigeria; don’t you think Marcus Hicks’ statement might be an overreaction?
On the flip side however, one thing that needs be considered is the professional perspective from which Hicks made his assertion. Going by his words, there is sure a dimension of experience that has warranted such conclusion. Hence presenting this side by side with the several assertions by the Nigerian army that Boko Haram has been totally defeated, don’t you think the national security might be clueless about the real troubles Boko Haram carries?
Trending in northern Nigeria at the moment is the constant Fulani herdsmen attacks. Indeed both Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmsn are the major security threats in Nigeria at the moment; nonetheless don’t you think the terrorism of Boko Haram has lasted long enough to pose itself as a threat to the world at large?
Just as in Jonathan’s tenure, about 180 school girls were kidnapped again but this time from Dapchi community. There is no doubt the attacks seem like a continuum of the previous administration, contrary to our expectation of an end to the terror group. Hence with Boko Haram seeming like an insurmountable task, would it be a bad idea to request direct foreign aid in the battle?