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7 Reasons why the war against insurgency has not been won


It is no longer news that there has been attacks on some communities by members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect. The northeastern part of Nigeria has been the worst hit with scores killed and thousands displaced.

Despite huge allocation to security in the budget, the activities of the Nigerian Army and Civilian Joint Task Force, the war against insurgency has not yet been completely won.

Truevibes lists seven reasons why the problem of insurgency still persists.

1. Almajiris: Originally, the Almajiri are Quranic students. But in recent times, these group of young boys have been seen begging in major streets, markets and motor parks, thereby neglecting their primary duty which is to learn how to recite the Holy Quran. With little or nothing to eat, drink and wear, these boys become extremely vulnerable and easily recruited by the Boko Haram sect.


2. Deception: Some Boko Haram members who were arrested have claimed ignorance of what they were going into. While it has been alleged that some were hypnotised, others said they were deceived into ‘believing that they would be given ‘virgins to marry in paradise.’

3. Poor maintenance: What most people do not know is thatSambisa (home of Boko Haram insurgent) used to be a games reserve. Yes! Due to poor maintenance, it became a forest. Just like Sambisa, there are different forest especially in the north which has continued to pose security challenge to the region.Birnin Gwari forest reserve, Kamaku national park, Ganjuwa,Lame-Burra, Falgore, Ajja and Yankari games reserve can become an easy hideout for terrorists if not well maintained.

4. Corruption: The former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki was alleged to have shared funds meant for the purchase of arms to politicians during the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The arms deal scandal contributed to the prolong war against insurgency in Nigeria.

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki 

5. Division among the sect: There has been leadership tussle within the Boko Haram sect since their leader, Abubakar Shekau was ‘killed’ by the Nigerian Army. This has lead to the creation factions operating independently.

6. Chibok girls: The abduction of over 200 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok has contributed to the prolong existence of Boko Haram terrorist group. Despite the attack on Boko Haram hideouts in the forest, security operatives have continued to exercise caution so as not to kill any of the girls.

Nigeria said it was committed to rescuing the 218 Chibok girls still held captive by Boko Haram

7. Saboteurs: Former President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly said that they were saboteurs in his cabinet who did not want the war against insurgency to be won. It was also alleged that some security officers revealed useful information to the Boko Haram members.

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