- A coalition of civil society groups has commended the Nigerian military's effort to end attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast
- The group said the military still remains committed and coordinated to sustain its winning spirit and determination to stamp out terrorism from Nigerian soil
- According to the group, there is room to further improve the coordination between the various branches of the military to derive a formidable force that will easily mop up the terrorists
A group of 12 civil societies in Nigeria has appraised the Nigerian military’s efforts against terrorism as a journey on course.
The group under the aegis of the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria said the military still remains committed and coordinated to sustain its winning spirit and determination to stamp out terrorism from Nigerian soil.
Speaking at a world press conference in Maiduguri after a tour of the northeast, the group said despite frantic efforts by the terrorists to regroup around the borders the troops of the Nigerian military continue to carry out operations to mop up the remnants of Boko Haram.
After series of interaction with officers of the Nigeria Army, the Civilian Joint Task Force members, indigenes, traditional rulers, officials of the government of the affected states, members of the group observed the areas of operation first hand and compared the reality on ground with reportage on the media.
The executive director of the coalition, Maxwell Gowon, while speaking to journalists commended the military particularly the Nigerian Army for not only defeating Boko Haram in their communities but for putting up concerted efforts to ensure that the terrorists are not able to regroup.
Gowon said: “Despite this high level of successes that the Army has achieved so far, troops have not relented on being on the trail of the terrorists who now operate majorly from outside the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"They do more from the fringes (international borders) from where they launch attacks and flee into jurisdictions beyond the remit of the Nigerian Army. This pattern has enabled remnants of Boko Haram fighters to carry out attack and run into safety.
“The terrorists have ramped up the exploitation of filial and communal links to obtain intelligence on troops’ movement, which they then capitalize on to launch attacks. The recent attempt to ambush a military convoy fits this pattern. This highlights the need to rule out connivance between the civilians within the general area of operations and the terrorists.
“There is a failure of the state and local government to marshal the needed political will to rebuild affected areas.
"This has contributed in large part to the ease with which Boko Haram is able to recruit members of such communities. In instances where the displaced persons from such communities are yet to return, the abandoned spaces provide safe havens for terrorists that able to pose as villagers to evade identification.
“There is room to further improve the coordination between the various branches of the military to derive a formidable force that will easily mop up whatever is left of the terrorists."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has approved the formation of five Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu state.
It was gathered that the five new FOBs will be located at the stretch of the Nigerian border from the Taraba axis to the Bakassi axis, which falls under the Division’s Areas of Responsibility.
Adamu Abubakar, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, said the FOBs would greatly help to improve security within the border areas known flash-points.
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