Terrorism: Boko Haram And ISWAP Fighting For Survival

 By Suleiman Umaru

  President Muhammadu Buhari   promise to crush the Islamic Fundamentalists, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, appears to be on line as the United States  manufacturer  of   Super Tucano  fighter Jet are ready to make deliver  the  fighter Jets to the government on the orders of Donald Trump, the country’s President. 

Garba  Shehu, senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed  based on assurance from the US, government , that  the manufacturers would commence  the delivery  of the Super Tucano fighter Jets beginning from  2020. The fighter Jets which is fitted with advanced Avionics,  electro optical, infrared.  Laser  targeting  system, Communications  data links would be deployed to the north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe  to checkmate terrorist activities in the flash point states.

This is  bad news for  the Islamic Fundamentalist, Boko Haram and the Islamic state  of West African Province ISWAP, fighters, as they may no longer be able to stand the military  in the region . This because the Super Tucano, is effective   in  this kind of kind of warfare all over the world.  

Security experts  believe that with the durability flexibility  of the Super Tucano, designed for counter  Insurgency  and  close air support roles, the  terrorists group  days are numbered.   

Army Manufactured Anti- Mines Ambush Vehicle

As a prelude to the deployment of the Super Tucano  fighter Jets to the flashpoint states Tukur Buratai, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staff, CAS,  had launched   the ‘’Super Camps  ostensibly to act proactively and respond  quickly  to the changing nature of the terrorism  tactics.

The military Authorities may have also sent a signal to the Insurgents and Bandits  in  the north western  states of Zamfara and Katsina, the President home state that their days are numbered  with the unveiling  of four Mine resistant   anti- Ambush  protected  vehicles . The vehicles were said to have been designed and  manufactured   in the Nigeria  by the Army Corp of Engineers with  the Collaboration of  Proforce  Limited.

According to military sources, the anti-mine vehicles  were manufactured locally  to further  enhance  the fight  against terrorism and Insurgency  in the country.

Security  experts  believe that  with the design and manufacture of the specialized vehicles, Buratai has successfully  repositioned the Nigerian Army on the path  of self- reliant  and the drive  to further develop  indigenous  production  of military hardware.

The recent   Lunching of the anti-mine ambush resistant vehicles may have convinced  Gabriel Onisaki,  a General  and Chief of Defense Staff, CDS,  that the fight against  insurgency  in the north east and other forms of Banditry in north west, are getting to an end

Buratai had revealed  that with the successful manufacturing of the four anti mines  Ambush vehicles, , which was the first  in the country and the African Continent in General  by the Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company,, it has  already commenced   mass production  of  other types  of  Armored Personnel carriers, MRAP,   Mine Clearance System. Ballistic vests, military Combat boots, bullet proof vehicles, Ballistic helmets, protective  jack boot and other military hardware.  The CAS was said to have those cares to listen that  MRAP vehicles  will be inducted into the frontline  in the north east  in the fight against terrorist activities in the region. The Army  my have been pushed to   design and manufacture such indigenous  anti-mines  Ambush vehicles because of the sophisticated weapons used by the Insurgents in region. At present  some of these military hardware  are imported from the Asian country of China.

 While the Army  are making desperate efforts to bring the Insurgency   in the north east, to an  and end by going into production of  military hardware  to compliment the  foreign weapon in their Arsenal,  the  terrorist groups, particular, ISWAP, may have made a bold Statement that they would never bow to the superior fir of the soldiers and the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, as they were said to Killed 25 soldiers a military base   in the fishing town of Baga , Borno state. The soldiers may have put up a strong resistance to kill no fewer than 50 of the fleeing terrorists who invaded the military base with the intention  to cart away weapons.

Only recently, a United  States based Wall Street Journal, reported that the Nigeria military maintains a secret graveyard  of the soldiers killed in the hands of the Insurgents  in the north east theatre of the Insurgency war. The report was so worrisome that Atiku Abubakar,  a Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general election has challenged  the Katsina state  born Nigerian President to investigate  the allegation to douse the tension created by the story.

But the military Authorities would take it as it had quickly responded to  the publication. In apparent reaction to the report which many believed was intended to create disaffection in the country, the military  Authority  described it as a figment of an uninformed mind whose knowledge of military values and ethos is grossly misplaced.  The alleged Cemetery mentioned in the report , according to the military Authority  was an officially  designated military Cemetery  in  Maimalari military Cantonment in the region.  

The  Management  of the military Cemetery , according to sources  has played host   to several  national and international  dignitaries  who had visited the site to see things themselves Many of them were said  to have left  the Cemetery  satisfied that the Nigerian military has a strong tradition of paying the last respect   in ‘’befitting  military funeral  of international standard and graveside decorations to fallen  heroes.  

Appealing to Nigerians to disregard the  Wall Street journal  report which was  said to have been published out of bad intention, the military Authority had made it  to those that cares to listen that  Boko Haram had been defeated. They have created  in the mind of Buhari, the Commander –In-Chief  of the Armed Forces that the remnants  of the Islamic Fundamentalist group  , fugitive Criminals from Maghreb region  and other West African countries are working closely together  to carry out pockets of attacks in the region.

Recall that  Shehu, the Presidential Spokesperson  had alluded to this when he  noted that  the ‘’collapse  of the Libyan state,  the Islamic state of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, had provided ample  opportunity for  the trigger hungry mercenaries  to have relocated  to the ungoverned areas in the region for occupation and training of additional terrorists to sustain the insurgency in the north east. The  is optimistic that with the Combined efforts of the military and the MNJTF, the  Insurgent groups would be forced out of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the  three states in the north east where ungoverned Communities are repeatedly   currently being  attacked and  defenseless civilians kill

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