Boko Haram: Reconsidering the Nigerian approach to terror by David Dimas

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By David Dimas
President Muhammadu Buhari
Once again national tragedies have unfolded before all of us. For some Nigerians, it is no longer news whenever the insurgents strike because of the consistent manner in which they terrorize at will. The twin suicide bombings in Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps and attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Dalori village near Maiduguri, Borno State is, painfully, a gruesome reminder of the toxicity of extremism and the vulnerability of our communities.
Even though it is by no means the same scale and scope experienced in the past when attacks take place right on the heels of the other, the scale of sporadic killings and kidnapping by the blood-thirsty group requires more than just military response to prevent such acts of terrorism from becoming as common in Nigeria, as they are in other parts of the world.
The fact that these nefarious attacks are often unpredictable in their nature, behooves on our military and all stakeholders to be more proactive after each incident so as to forestall or reduce the impact of future possible attacks. For example, if the insurgents attack a community with less proximity to communication, adequate measures should be taken to protect similar communities from subsequent attacks.
The recent arrest of a terrorist recruiter, who surprisingly is an undergraduate, further confirms that, indeed, homegrown terrorism has reached an epidemic level due to unchecked spread of terrorist ideology. As a result, Nigeria’s territorial integrity is currently under the threat of terrorist ideology and religious fundamentalists.
The 2015 general elections may have ushered in a new political logic spearheaded by the executive arm of Government, but similar to previous techniques, it appears the strategists are going after the structure of Boko Haram and not the fundamental ideology responsible for the birth and spread of the group’s dangerous cells. …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper