As the momentum increased; as Nigerians sang a victory song;
as we tweeted and posted the hashtag: #VictoryForNigeria; suddenly as had been
predicted and as had been the way over and over throughout the past six years
of the Jonathan-Ihejirika and now Jonathan-Minimah/Badeh command of the
Nigerian war on Boko Haram, the Jonathan government suddenly cut back on its
assault on terror to give the dying terrorists a breather.
Of the identical betrayal now being repeated, it can be
recalled that a most avid author and analyst, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri on March
10th, penned in PremiumTimes:
“Disbanding the JTF is apparently one of the worst things
that ever happened to the security crisis in the north east. Ever since a
military division was established to take over from JTF, the security
infrastructure over there appears to be on the verge of total collapse, while
most of the skilled military personnel may have been transferred out of the
region. Comparatively speaking, the JTF did well! Under JTF, it could not have
been possible for gun men to operate for hours without intense combat by our
security forces.” Read full from source: https://blogs.premiumtimesng.com/2014/03/10/boko-haram-options-military-victoria-ibezim-ohaeri/
Do we not learn anything from history? Why does the Nigerian
president, in our faces, decide to keep promoting and preserving Boko Haram? If
he believes as he said in 2012, that they, the terrorists are his siblings who
he cannot kill, shall we not reject this with all the strength and means we
have and implore the global community join us in expelling such a leadership
that fraternizes with terrorists?
In May of 2013 after calls from us, the Jonathan government
reluctantly finally declared a State of Emergency, SoE in the affected north.
The result of this was that by August Nigeria had significantly crushed Boko
Haram and declared Abubakar Shekau I dead.
Suddenly, on August 19th, the Military announced the
disbanding of the JTF. The result of this is known to all. Boko Haram who our
military were rooting out from holes in the ground like rats, was given the
chance to grow and return to full strength. They were left to recuperate in
Sambisa forest from where they staged repeated attacks on passenger buses of
Nigerian citizens plying near-by roads and abducted thousands of youth to be
forcibly conscripted. It seems more than a coincidence that the same August 19th that
Ihejirika announced the disbandment of the JTF, on that same date, the release
of a French kidnapped Family in Cameroon was announced. The French reportedly
paid Boko Haram $3.15 million dollars and had Cameroon release top Boko Haram
commanders as part of an expansive secret deal with the sect.
So as Boko Haram was about to be extinguished, on August 19th,
2013 last year, they suddenly got their commanders released, got sponsored by
the French with $3.15 million dollars and also in what some analysts believe
was part of the deal to release the French family, got the Jonathan-Ihejirika
government to disband the JTF and in effect create a pseudo ceasefire state to
allow them to recuperate. In addition the Civilian-JTF were also neutralized at
that same period, now disallowed from continuing their successful missions
against the terrorists as they were now ordered by Ihejirika to fill ridiculous
forms and go through impossible protocols for authorization.
Also read: Jonathan commended over Boko Haram ceasefire agreement
Fast-forward to 2014. In April this year, the abduction of
over 234 girls forced the hand of the Jonathan government to handle Boko Haram
with more mature gloves as against the “kid gloves” President Jonathan admitted
in Nairobi, to using against terrorists who have killed tens of thousands and
totally destroyed life especially for farmers in the north of the nation.
Global attention to the plight of Nigeria caused the
Jonathan government to amp military attacks against the terrorists. Like 2013,
as soon as victory was being felt and the final defeat of the terrorists was
within reach, and “coincidentally” just as Abubakar Shekau II was killed, the government
once again and to the dismay of all intelligent people, suddenly announced a
unilateral cessation of fire.
The reason why we call this “ceasefire” unilateral is
because since the so-called ceasefire, Boko Haram has killed dozens of persons
including notable Nigerians like the father of the Speaker of Borno; and has
captured and annexed even more territory. Abadam town on the border with Niger
fell to the terrorists on October 19th while the so-called ceasefire was
in effect. Additionally there can never be a ceasefire with terrorists who have
annexed and “govern” several towns in sovereign Nigeria. The territorial
integrity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Boko Haram currently controls and
governs over Bama, Gwoza, Marte, Ngala, Konduga, Dikwa and Abadam and is
continuing to annex more territory as they engaged the Nigerian military at
Damboa and other cities this weekend. Our foot soldiers are perplexed with the
betrayal from the top. Anything akin to a ceasefire proposal between Nigeria
and the terrorists must detail immediate and total relinquishment of all
occupied territory and surrender of fighters and ammunitions by the Boko Haram
Again do we say it is by coincidence that the latest
ceasefire as happened in 2013, was right when Boko Haram was again sponsored
with $400,000 by the French nations and given sophisticated arms and
ammunitions, delivered to its commanders on the field by the Presidents of Chad
and Cameroon as contained in the recent hostage release deal? What is really
going on here? These things are being done right in our faces.
The question now is, after the Jonathan government
successfully got the approval it wanted to borrow $1 billion dollars to “crush
Boko Haram;” when are we going to return to the war front to recapture our
territory and protect the hundreds of thousands of civilians in Boko Haram
controlled Nigerian land?
Has Jonathan abandoned #VictoryForNigeria? And replaced it
The Borno elders have denounced this betrayal; we expect all
Nigerian elders and statesmen to urgently combat this treasonable delay that
mortgages life and the territorial integrity of this nation and sponsors and
promotes the enemies of Nigeria.
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