Champion of love: This Prince gave his life to save many Nigerians (Pictured)

For about 7 years, Nigeria has fought a very messy battle against Boko Haram. The battle has been so ruthlessly fought and the casualty figures speak volumes of what has been lost, most of which can never again be regained.

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About 20,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram.

When on Monday, November 7, the news of a slain Nigerian hero, Lt Col Abu Ali, began to flood media, many were left distraught, many left shocked while others were purely scared.

The news hit the nation so hard, as one of the nation’s finest soldiers had been slain callously by the Boko Haram sect. Many questions began to fly from various quarters, including but not limited to: ‘Has Boko Haram not been defeated?’ ‘Is the army really capable of defeating these terrorists?’ ‘Why have our finest soldiers continued to lose their lives to the Boko Haram fighters?’ ‘Do our soldiers really have the weapons to execute this war?’

These many questions have continued to hand the air and are still begging for answers which do not seem forthcoming anytime soon.

The sin of negligence

From 2009 when the Boko Haram sect was still a small group trying to properly organize itself to perpetrate mayhem, the nation did not take their threats seriously, certain calls from international security organizations were made, but no one paid proper attention.

A reckoning with the sect did not come, until two years later, when about 21 persons were killed and 73 others were injured following a car bomb which struck the UN building in Abuja, on Friday, August 26, 2011.

The bloodthirsty sect has not looked back since then it is push to gain sovereignty with the northeastern region of Nigeria. Observers have said that the Boko Haram scourge is the worst thing that has happened to Nigeria, after the civil war.

Technically defeated still brutally wreaking havoc

The debate over the defeat of the dreaded sect has lingered for too long and many Nigerians have become weary over the undecided nature of the debates.

Not too long ago, the Nigerian government came out to say that the insurgents have been vanquished, the term “technically defeated was used” a term which went on to be the bane of many discussions. For some it was a case of a dismembered snake whose head is still so deadly even though it has been detached from its body.

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Boko Haram has been technically defeated, says Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Indeed there were set deadlines for the ousting of the Boko Haram sect, but those deadlines cannot be boastfully said to have been met.

At some point along the war, the insurgents have learnt to deal Nigeria severe blows for each time the army and the government come out to proclaim victory over the jihadists. This has really made many Nigerians to doubt the government’s claims, and some are of the opinion that the government is playing politics with the highly sensitive issue.

The casualties, too much to bear

Boko Haram is said to be the cause of over 20,000 deaths and the displacement of about 2.3 million people from their homes, a troubling figure which tends to have continued to grow daily.

The army under President Buhari’s command, can boast of having dealt severely with the insurgents within the northeast, reclaiming a very great portion of the territoriy that once laid in the hands of the jihadists. So many Boko Haram fighters have been killed and so many more have been arrested, most of which are currently being tried.

However, the war has spanned for too long, and there are fears that that which has been lost may never again be regain.

A very large fraction of the abducted Chibok girls are still missing, only recently, a few of the girls were released from the claws of the insurgents, in a deal which still remains a great controversy. Every now and then, there are reports of many people being freed from captivity and lands being reclaimed by the Nigerian security operatives, however, what the sect has taken from the nation, seems to have soiled the record of victories that are being celebrated.

In a few weeks, there have been reports of gallant soldiers being slain at the battlefields, many promising young and brilliant fighters being lost in various war zones across the northeast of Nigeria.

Chronicles of death

Some few weeks back, there was the story of a young Major named Erasmus, whose life was cut short in a Boko Haram attack.

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Friends and family members wept inconsolably to a point that Nigeria could not help but mourn the young, brilliant and vibrant soldier who was not allowed to blossom to his fullest.

A similar story drove Nigerians to tears between Saturday, November 5 and Monday, November 7, when the sad news of the death of Lt. Col. Abu Ali, broke. He was no ordinary soldier, he was the stuff that true heroes are made of.

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Abu Ali did not die alone, 6 other soldiers were slain alongside the war hero under whose leadership many towns were won back from  the insurgents.

Beyond Major Erasmus and Lt Col Ali, there have been many other brave soldiers who lost their lives to the Islamist, and the question remains why are we losing our best in this battle.

Riddle unraveled

Many have continued to ask why brave Nigerian soldiers have continued to meet with untimely deaths at the hand of the Boko Haram insurgents, the reasons are not far fetched.

There are quite a number of problems, but only a few can really be said to be the major challenges besetting troops within the northeast.

Reliable sources in the army have revealed alot regarding the Boko Haram war, some details very discomforting; it is sad that those who have sworn to defend this nation, have little or nothing to show for it.

Some security experts believe that the major cause of casualties on the side of Nigerian troops,  is the poor state of equipment.

Most of the equipment used to wage the ongoing war, are said to be worn out and almost obsolete. The troops cannot operate at full confidence if they do not have weapons that match or surpass that of their enemies.

Some officers have lamented that the tanks (especially Vickers MBT) in the theatre are so worn out that they often do not get to action most times troops are under attack.

According to the officers, the artillery Shilka guns are in very terrible state. It is said that the insurgents fear the effect of Shilka guns but almost all the Shilkas are not serviceable in the theatre.

So much has been said about new weapons being acquired for the operation within the northeastern region, but the soldiers are yet to lay their hands on such weapons.

AK 47s pass for the troops personal assault rifle, which is needed after long range weapons have done much of the job but unfortunately the long range support weapons are inadequate.

One other problem being faced by the troops within the Boko Haram regions, is that there seems to be good strategist insurgents’ camp, such that they study the operations of Nigerian troops. Hence the need for the army to review its strategies.

It would be recalled that there were reports of some soldiers who were spying on the army and leaking information to the Jihadists. The case of sabotage must be properly handled.

When will this war end?

It is really sad to realize thatthe battle against Boko Haram has lasted for about 7-years, one would have thought that this would have been a thing of the past by now.

With qualified, well trained and experienced soldiers handling the right weapons, using the perfect strategy, employing the latest technology, and gathering quality intelligence,the insurgents would have been decimated already.

Investigations reveal that the last set of special forces were trained by the last administration, and these men have been drafted into the war against Boko Haram. However, soldiers need to have their morale boosted by adequate provision of welfare packages.

The men in the battle field need to be armed to the teeth, our government cannot continue to let the soldiers down regarding welfare packages. If a man is not given at least the basic for feeding, where does he gather strength to lift weapons and do battle?

It is a shame to read reports suggesting that for our troops in the northeast, drinking water is a luxury.

In recent times, the army has continued to say that the latest attacks are being carried out by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, claiming that the war is almost over and what is left is not of great import. However, these days the news is still always filled with stories of attacks carried out by the sect.

The Nigerian government and the army must work twice as hard as before, because it seem that this remnant which is seen as insignificant, is causing great pains to Nigerians, especially those whose loved ones are fighting the battle.

Statistics show that from the beginning of the last quarter till present, Nigeria has lost so many troops, some cannot even given account of.

It is a very difficult time for the country, the economy is so bad, yet the citizens are not properly secured. The war against Boko Haram has lingered too long, the army has made tremendous achievements , but there is still more to be done.

Nigerians are growing impatient by the day, so many deadlines have been fixed for the total ousting of the Boko Haram sect. The army has continued to urge Nigerians to be patriotic and support its cause, however, if the people are to stand by the army, the government must ensure that results are clearly seen and urgent interventions are made available  to assist the troops facing what has become Nigeria’s biggest nightmare in recent history.


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