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Boko Haram cannot be defeated unless its sponsors are arrested

28 December 2015, 13:38 Peregrino Brimah

While we receive the announcement of the technical defeat of Boko Haram by the Nigerian government on Christmas eve, we are obligated to advice Nigerian citizens to not release their breath yet and risk their lives in the known Boko Haram territories. Keep your guards up and be fully security conscious as the end is near and approachable but not quite here. 

ENDS as always highly appreciates the work of the altruistic and truly patriotic Civilian-JTF who have always remained there as the last line of defense and most reliable and consistent hope to the plagued communities against Boko Haram. Your vigilance in intercepting those food-flask bombs cannot be over commended. And the sacrifice you make and those who have passed made will never be forgotten.

While Boko Haram is "technically" defeated, the danger is still here and present and still well active. Unless the public was not notified, not a single sponsor of Boko Haram has yet been arrested by the Nigerian security services and army. This is the root of the deadly tree and until the root is killed, the tree will not be dead.

We will like to remind the Nigerian security services that the governor of Borno state and head of the northern governor's forum, Kashim Shettima knows the sponsors of Boko Haram. Kashim Shettima has said on several occasions that he is keeping mute to protect them. 

We will like to urge the Nigerian army to make Kashim Shettima and others who know the sponsors, talk. Dasuki has hinted that he knows the sponsors as has former President Goodluck Jonathan. By now we do believe they have handed over this information to the security services and we also expected top-level arrests before the December deadline.

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It is time to put a lasting and permanent end to this menace that has affected all of us including our army and turned some of us into beasts and walking dead. The stress has taken a permanent toll on our army. As is done world over, they need counselors and medical therapy. They should not keep laying their lives down for us and testing their physical and mental capacities while some people paid for this carnage and still live large and party happy.

As important as the war against corruption is and prosecuting the chief looters; so also is the war against Boko Haram and its main financiers and political sponsors, Nigerian and foreign. Nigeria must urgently get to the bottom of it via identifying and executing its backers, not only to truly end the reign of terror and prevent its reoccurrence but also to identify the reasons towards preventing similar situations in the future. The sponsors of Boko Haram must no longer be covered and all those implicated in concealing their identity must be punished equally to the full extent of the law.

The military chiefs also implicated in supporting Boko Haram and its pogrom agenda directly and indirectly along with former NSA Dasuki must also be brought to book. We should have pity on the 100,000 dead victims and 3 million displaced, suffering in Borno's winter right now. These men must not continue to walk free after all they caused and the money for terror they looted. The Chibok girls and their families deserve justice; without which there can never be peace.

It is another Christmas without our girls. Only God know whether they will ever come back. But they are in the best hands: His. May He have mercy on them.

We thank the sacrifice of the soldiers in the battle front. May the Good Lord bless you and reward you in the ways man cannot. Zaman Lafiya, Lafiya Dole!

Dear compassionate Nigerians, please donate winter clothes to our #IDPClothesDrive for the families in Borno IDP camps. 

God bless Nigeria.

- MyNews24

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