National Security

Nigeria’s War on Terror: Successes Marred by Ongoing Violence and Human Rights Abuses

Nigerian Army authorities celebrate latest successes against ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists. Tuesday, 24 January 2023.

The Nigerian Army authorities has stated that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Hadin Kai with close air support on Monday, 23 January 2023 have again neutralized several ISWAP/BokoHaram terrorists in sustained operations to clear the North East of Terrorism.

According to a statement issued by the Nigerian Army Headquarters on Tuesday, 24 January, this followed the terrorists’ failed ambush on troops on Damboa-Maiduguri road in Borno State. Troops also recovered MRAP, motorcycles, weapons, medical suppliers amongst others.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has commended the troops for their gallantry and urged them not to relent until terrorism and other criminalities are brought to an end in the Northeastern region.

“The troops also greatly appreciate the locals and well meaning Nigerians for their prayers and support that have contributed to the successes being recorded in the war against the terrorists in the North East,” the stated added.

Nigeria has been engaged in a long-standing battle against the Boko Haram terrorist group and its splinter group, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), in the North East of the country.

The recent report of sustained operations to clear the region of terrorism, in which troops neutralized several ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and recovered weapons and equipment, is a positive development in the ongoing fight against these groups.

However, it is important to note that the conflict in the North East of Nigeria has been ongoing for over a decade, and despite various military offensives, the terrorist groups have been able to maintain a significant presence in the region.

The ability of these groups to launch ambushes and attacks on troops and civilians indicates that they still have a significant level of operational capability.

Furthermore, the humanitarian situation in the region remains dire, with millions of people affected by the conflict and in need of aid. The displacement of civilians and destruction of infrastructure has also had a significant impact on the economy and development of the region.

In addition, it is also important to note that the Nigerian military has been accused of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, in the course of its operations against the terrorist groups. These allegations, if true, would undermine the efforts to counter terrorism and could fuel support for the terrorist groups.

Overall, while the recent operations by Nigerian troops may have had some level of success, the situation in the North East of Nigeria remains complex and challenging. A comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of the conflict and addresses the humanitarian needs of affected populations is needed for a lasting solution to the insurgency.

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