ENDS has received credible information that after
their defeat today in the hands of the Civilian-JTF and Nigerian army at Dalwa
and Mafa, Boko Haram insurgents have regrouped to strike Maiduguri, capital of
Borno again immediately.
SaharaReporters and NewsRescue late
last week reported on Boko Haram's forces gathering to strike Maiduguri.
Nigeria's army did not take an offensive posture. This is perturbing.
Maiduguri residents and the Nigerian army are advised
strongly to be on full alert and prepared for the second leg of the war. It is
hoped that this time the air force will go now and strike Boko Haram formations
and not assume a defensive posture as has always been the case under the army
command of CDS Alex Badeh and COAS Kenneth Minimah.
In today's attacks the Civilian-JTF got all the praise for
gathering in their thousands (totaling over 30,000) and being the determinant
force that blocked the Boko Haram invasion. Borno state governor Shettima has
commended the brave and patriotic youth.
Also read: The origins of Boko Haram
While Civilian-JTF fighters from Gidari-Polo were stopped by
the military from crossing the trenches around Maiduguri at Gidari in pursuit
of Boko Haram fleeing terrorists, the Civilian-JTF volunteers from Gwange did
not heed the advice of the military and over 2000 volunteers armed with local
guns and swords crossed the trenches in pursuit of Boko Haram terrorists,
killing many and capturing three while also capturing and destroying several
APCs and other lethal weapons of the terrorists.
We ask, why is the Nigerian military aggressively
maintaining a defensive posture; always allowing the terrorist the advantage of
coordinated attacks, in spite of adequate warning and visual sightings of
Locals have mentioned that the Chadian forces have the same
weapons as the Nigerian army yet are able to decisively defeat Boko Haram
insurgents in coordinated land and air attacks.
Jonathan Fails to Praise, Support Civilian-JTF
It is quite disturbing that for the three years of the
existence of the Civilian-JTF, who have undeniably been existential in the
defense of communities in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and environs and who have
continued to make the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives to defend
the integrity of Nigeria, the Jonathan presidency has failed to acknowledge,
commend and support these brave patriots.
Nigeria's Chief of Defense, Air Chief Alex Badeh
in September of last year promised to convert them into
a "professional fighting force," but far from this, the
Civilians have not even been commended honorably by the Nigerian government,
talk less supported. These brave patriots receive all the help they can get
from locals and struggling organizations like ours.
We solicit the Nigerian government immediately make
available the funds for rehabilitation of the north raised last August to the
affected people and the brave fighting youth.
We also implore the Nigerian government immediately work
through the army to safely arm these youth to defend their communities and wage
decisive wars to defeat these terrorists who have continued to embarrass the nation
and lead to unthinkable deaths and losses of property and livelihood in the
billions of naira.
The Civilian-JTF can and are doing more than helping. They
have been the line between victory and total defeat. It is time to support
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