Correct me if I misunderstood, President Muhammadu Buhari
clearly and categorically promised us that he was moving the Army central
command to the northeast as the necessary action and impetus to quickly and
reliably bring the Boko Haram menace to an end.
On best advice and after wise counsel, Muhammadu Buhari realized
as indicated by his promise and the touting of it during his independence
speech and later on across the world, that having the heads of service resident
in Maiduguri and Adamawa was strategically and technically invaluable in
restoring safety and security, the constitutional rights of the citizens.
However, since making that promise, apart from routine photo-ops
doing push-ups with the troops and breaking bread every now and then, Chief of
Army Staff General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has been anywhere but
To make matters worse, it was now, for the first time in years
that Maiduguri was attacked successfully, twice by Boko Haram. Once at
Christmas last year and the recent Dalori massacre of as many as 300 innocent
men, women and children. After the December Boko haram deadly attack on
Maiduguri, the people protested that the city still remained vulnerable to
After the Dalori attack, when Nigerians showed their frustration
at the government's appearing insensitivity and indifference towards the
victims of the rampaged town, a government delegation went to visit and
Secretary of the Government, David Babachir accused the people of "lack of
vigilance," being responsible for their tragedy.
However, is the protracted success of Boko Haram against Borno
and Maiduguri not because Buhari broke his promise of stationing Buratai and co
there to put a final lid on the menace? We the people recognized the military
wisdom in stationing the chiefs there. While they refuse to stay there, we have
rather noticed them getting involved in a lot of politics, local and
international sectarian and other controversies, including massively deadly
actions and events currently under global investigation, in the stead of the
The Kaduna massacre which 'coincidentally' happened to take
place just two weeks after Boko Haram attempted to disband the processions of
the same group in Kaduna, with a deadly
bombing of the same victims, on procession in the same Kaduna, has put the
army chief without doubt in a mangled web of controversy and global sectarian
hooey. The national natural consequences of breaking promises cannot be better
Can President Buhari please tell Buratai to go to Maiduguri and
end the insurgency?
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