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US handling of Boko Haram crisis criticised

09 January 2015, 08:53 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Center for Security Policy (CSP) bemoaned the United States’ handling of the Boko Haram crisis saying the lack of action spurred the terrorist organisation’s growth.

The centre likened the crisis to the Middle East where militants have mercilessly claimed lives.

“Like the United States non-response to the Syrian civil war which gave rise to ISIS, Boko Haram has been allowed to fester in Nigeria.  Inaction emboldens the merciless Islamist militants and makes them stronger,” CSP said in a statement.

Boko Haram currently holds a military base in Baga, a tri-border town on Lake Chad in the North Eastern most part of Nigeria near Cameroon and Chad.
“The sum of territory Boko Haram holds is comparable to that of ISIS,” CSP stated.

There are reports that some 2 000 lives were taken when Baga fell and in the aftermath.

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“The strength of Boko Haram’s hold on such territory rests largely on the fear in the hearts of the land’s inhabitants as does the strength of the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Iraq,” the centre added.

It said the White House had given relatively minor attention to Boko Haram.

“The nature of the group’s rise and territorial occupation would raise the same foreign policy debates about military expedition and counter insurgency as the Taliban and ISIS did were Boko Haram anywhere else but Africa.”

CSP said the current unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian military defies the best practices of a counter insurgency and does more to drive locals into Boko Haram’s merciless arms.

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“The best advice still demands a large force of well trained soldiers to take back, secure, and keep territory.”

CSP said Boko Haram in Nigeria was one front of a larger war while ISIS was another.

“Boko Haram presents challenges of diplomacy and state-craft that will increase in threat level the longer left unchecked which will rival that of ISIS.  It is in Nigeria, however that U.S. assertiveness can still galvanize regional resolve in way that has been lost in the Middle East.
Hopefully that opportunity will remain for the possibility of the next U.S. administration to recognize it.”

CSP has pioneered the organization, management and direction of public policy coalitions to promote US national security.

- CAJ News


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