On Thursday October 16th 2014, Nigeria’s Chief of
defense staff declared a cease-fire with Boko Haram terrorists. The statement
by Air Marshal Alex Badeh read: “A cease-fire agreement has been
concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jamatu Ahlis Sunna
Li Daawa Wal Jihad, I have accordingly directed the service chiefs to ensure
immediate compliance with this development.”
The results of this sham cease-fire are well known. Boko
Haram was left to regroup and assert its hold on the territory of the
northeast. Strengthened by the stand-down order, Boko Haram went buck wild
conquering territory across Borno and Adamawa states as Nigeria continued to
pretend that the new terror events were not by these registered terrorists.
With no show of purpose, capacity and seriousness in
combating a real and prevalent danger, by the Nigerian authorities, Niger,
Nigeria’s northeastern neighbor and a vital partner in the multi-national force
agreement signed in France immediately withdrew its troops from Nigeria after
events of that October.
The Nigerien government cited the impunity of operations of
Boko Haram in Nigerian cities as their reason for withdrawal. Quoting BBC:
“Niger Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum told the BBC Hausa
service: "We have 50 soldiers there and decided to withdraw them after
Boko Haram captured Malamfatori town in October and continued to operate in the
area with impunity.”
Niger further criticized Nigeria for failing to contribute
its quota of 700 troops as agreed in the Paris Summit, citing
this shortcoming as being behind its withdrawal.
Chad, also a Paris Summit participant
has since withdrawn its troops from the multi-national forces for its own
reasons. The President of Chad, Idriss Deby has been linked with Boko Haram
command in multiple media narratives, but in spite of this, Nigeria’s President
has continued to court him and not taken any serious regional or international
actions against the trouble state, home to major terrorist bases, recruitment
and tactical command centers.
Furthermore, and compounding an already disastrous picture,
reports in November suggested a withdrawal of Nigeria’s own forces
from the northeast in a malicious “tantrum” type response over the
National Assembly’s refusal to approve of an extension of a state-of-emergency
request by President Goodluck Jonathan.
700 troops were pledged to be committed by Nigeria, Chad,
Niger and Cameroon as part of a multi-national force to BE
OPERATIONAL FROM NOVEMBER 1st, 2014. The purpose of this force agreed upon
in July of 2014, was to defend against and obstruct cross-border Boko Haram
operations. The January 3rd Boko Haram massacre was a typical such
invasion event with terrorists crossing to attack Nigeria from bordering Chad.
In cognizance of the afore-mentioned;
Nigeria willfully failed to meet up to the requirements of
the Paris Summit, thus rendering its civilians vulnerable to terrorists attacks
of the current deadly capacity.
Nigeria failed to
seriously address the security risks arising from the failure to keep up with
the minimum requirements of the Paris Summit.
By announcing an
irrational sham cessation of fire—which has not yet been officially called
off—thereby allowing Boko Haram strengthen, Nigeria’s leadership relinquished
its adroit capacity to wage this war consequently undermining its partnerships.
By ceasing to warn
Nigerians especially residents in Baga and neighboring communities left
susceptible to attack due to an inadequate force as recommended and advertised,
Nigeria facilitated the Baga massacre and the death of over 2000 unarmed and
defenseless citizens and the displacement of tens of thousands.
Only after the genocidal massacre of January 3rd+ that left
14 soldiers and 2000 civilians dead, did Nigeria’s Chief of defense realize his
grievous and confess hurriedly confess
to Nigerians that the foreign forces had pulled out.
There must be value for human life. The right to life and
security is a fundamental human right as underlined in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. The January 2015 Baga massacre of 2000 innocent civilians is the
most deadly single act of terrorism in the current decade. All those
responsible for this atrocity must be held to account.
We demand to know why Nigeria failed to fulfill its
undertaking in the Paris Summit; an extension of the sworn obligations of the
President and Army chiefs as contained in their oaths of office to the Nigerian
Who is in charge of Nigeria and Nigeria’s defense and what
is their qualification to remain at the helm for another hour even?
If there is a shortage of defense staff, why are Nigeria’s
teaming unemployed youth not recruited as parallel civilian defense forces
Marshal Alex Badeh promised in September of 2014?
We call on the immediate resignation of Nigeria’s chiefs of
We call on the immediate resignation of the Nigerian
President, Goodluck Jonathan.
We charge the United Nations obligated to the protection of
human life and human rights to necessitate urgent, appropriate and resounding
resolutions and initiate wide-reaching sanctions against the Nigerian
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