Centre rules Boko Haram elimnation deadline unfeasible

Boko-Haram

Boko-Haram

by EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) has expressed pessimism the Nigerian military will meet the December deadline to eliminate the Boko Haram sect.

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd), the Executive Secretary of CCC, said the timeline around stopping the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially
in the frontline states is therefore, not tenable despite current efforts by the armed forces of Nigeria.

He nonetheless noted the “great strides” the uniformed forces were recording in the fight against insurgency.

In October, President Muhammadu Buhari set the December deadline to eliminate insurgency.

“It must also (however) be stated that this target date might be unrealistic. This submission is predicated on the fact that asymmetric warfare which the Boko Haram is prosecuting against the Nigeria is not such that can be easily be stamped out by the Armed Forces,” said Anas.

Anas said the centre was urging Nigerians not to see the December target as “sacred” date when all suicide bombings will end.

“Similarly, we should also not trade blame with the military over the issue. Nigerians should rather continue to cooperate with the government and support the security forces to ensure that the enemies do not continue
to have an opportunity to unleash terror in our country.”

Anas was briefing media in Abuja on Thursday.

Formed earlier this year, CCC provides support and intervention in crisis information management for critical stakeholders.

– CAJ News

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