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Fall of Sambisa: Expert, Islamic organisations praise Buhari, Military

•Let’s consolidate on this achievement—NASFAT
•It’s not over yet—AISSON President
•NACOMYO calls for Security Summit

By Haroon Balogun

President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, Dr. Ona Ekhomu; leadership of Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT and  National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, NACOMYO have praised President Muhammadu Buhari on the fall of Sambisa Forest, the headquarters of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State.

In a separate statements sent to Vanguard, the groups commended President Buhari and the Nigerian Army adding that the exceptional bravery and patriotism of the soldiers who fought to demystify the invincibility of the insurgents in their once dreaded stronghold was a major achievements of this administration.

 

Let’s consolidate on this achievement—NASFAT

NASFAT who commended the administration of President Muhammed Buhari for boosting the morale of the army in terms of provision of the military equipment and adequate welfare which assisted the army to re-engineer its operations and strategies, urged the government to further work with the leadership of the army to ensure that the war is effectively prosecuted till the end.

“By this achievement the Nigerian Army has indisputably demonstrated to the whole world that it has the capacity to wipe terrorism from any part of the country even with little or no external assistance or collaboration.”

NASFAT however cautioned against complacency and undue celebration of its victory, saying that concerted efforts must be made to consolidate on this achievement by maintaining its hold on the territory.

 

NACOMYO calls for Security Summit

National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, NACOMYO, in a statement signed by its President Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde also commended the Military for its doggedness, ruggedness and sense of patriotism exhibited in combating insurgency in the country, stating that the feat has rekindled hope and life of citizens living in the affected region, just as  restored confidence in the country’s leadership.

While urging the Military not to rest on its oars, it called for a sustained joint Military action, noting that cooperation, collaboration and networking among stakeholders and Inter- Military aid are cogent in the onslaught against terrorism.

The Muslim Youth apex group also renewed its call for a National Security Summit in addressing the security challenges that bedeviled the country, including kidnapping, political and ethnic cleansing, jungle justice among others.

It called on scholars and clerics to intensify their supplication for the country’s leadership, asking both the lead and the led to do the needful and fulfill their obligations to the country,respectively.

 

It’s not over yet—AISSON President

According to President of AISSON, Dr Ona Ekhomu; “that the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and the entire Nigerian military also deserved high praise for their prowess in battle which resulted in the desired outcome of routing Boko Haram terrorists from their last parcel of real estate and achieving this important operational milestone on the war on terror.

Dr. Ekhomu, a renowned security expert however warned that the Nigerian authorities should not be tricked into a false sense of security. “We shouldn’t think that it is over with Boko Haram. We shouldn’t think that they have been defeated and they are no longer a threat. That would be a big mistake. Boko Haramism is based on Salafist jihadist ideology. So, in addition to battle-field defeat, their perverted strict wahabbi ideology must be defeated before the war can be deemed to be over. If not, the conflict will continue,” he added.

He opined that based on the displacement theory of crime, the leadership personnel of Boko Haram are likely to have migrated to safer areas across the Nigerian borders (Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, CAR or Mali).  “The field commanders should have gone into hiding in Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu. This position is supported by the announcement by the Chief of Army Staff that a BH commander was arrested in Lagos last week.”

He continued: “Boko Haram terrorists do not wear uniforms and they look like everyone else in the general population.  So, it is easy for their foot soldiers to escape far from the northeast in search of refuge in the south or elsewhere. My fear is that with leadership, these guys can regroup quickly and resume their campaign of violence. We have seen this before in 2009 to 2010 when BH pretended that it had been defeated by General Saleh Maina in Maiduguri only for them to resume violence in September 2010 by breaking out over 700 inmates from Maiduguri Prisons  — mostly radicalized fighters.”

He also urged the military to sustain the man-hunt for Abubakar Shekau. He said that without forensic proof, it could not be assumed that Shekau is dead. This mistake has been made several times with Shekau, making him the proverbial cat with nine lives. He advised the military to deploy massive intelligence assets in search of Abubakar Shekau whose neutralization would signal the beginning of the end of Boko Haramism in Nigeria.

 


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