International Emergency Group asks Nigeria to unleash full force on Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The International Emergency Management Society [TIEMS] Nigeria/West Africa Chapter, has asked the Federal Government to direct its military to go all out in the fight against Boko Haram and other insurgent groups and restore peace and tranquillity to the country immediately.

The Chairman of the chapter, retired Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Audu-Bida, said this in Abuja on Tuesday while disclosing the outcome of a meeting of the executive board of the society, which held on Monday.

Mr. Audu-Bida said the board members considered the worsening humanitarian situation in the North-East Nigeria as well as adjoining states and neighbouring countries and concluded that it was time that everything legitimate should be done to wrestle the area from the grip of the rampaging insurgents and restore peace.

According to him, figures from local and international agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Human Rights Watch, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Internally Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) revealed that mounting and intolerable number of Nigerians were both displaced or are refugees in neighbouring countries.

He noted that as at March this year, close to four million Nigerians were displaced while over 100,000 others were recorded as taking refuge in camps in Niger, Chad and Cameroun.

Mr. Audu-Bida declared that that situation should not be allowed to continue because humanitarian aid agencies are unable to reach these displaced people for fear of being attacked or kidnapped by terrorists who have no respect for rules of engagement in their operations.

“As a former military general myself, I am aware that our military is capable of quelling this insurgency because they have the training, courage and equipment to accomplish the task of securing the country’s territory but they should be allowed by political authorities to carry out their duties unfettered by political, ethnic or religious colouration and or sentiments,” Mr. Audu-Bida said.

He lamented that the insurgency had been allowed to fester for too long and that things had got out of hand especially with the recent sacking of the Police mobile training institution in Gwoza, Borno State.

With this, the insurgents will become more emboldened unless decisive action is taken immediately to wipe them out, he said.

“For the good of millions of Nigerians, the military should take decisive action now to stop further displacement of Nigerians, destruction of farmlands, lives and property as well as occupying our territory, a situation which has become very embarrassing to Nigerians, government and the armed forces.”

While sympathising with parents and relatives of the abducted Chibok secondary school girls and other abducted Nigerians, the TIEMS Chairman said “reportedly, parents of the girls have patriotically called on the Federal Government not to allow Boko Haram insurgents to use the girls as human shields to continue to wreck havoc on the country”.

He noted that fighting insurgency and restoring peace had never been a piece of cake in any clime and cited the instance of the United States of America which refused to yield to Islamic State terrorists who demanded ransom in exchange for the captured American journalist but rather continued to rain heavy sorties on the insurgents in Northern Iraq.


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    Nigerian Made The British To Leave, What Is The Fulanis From Guinea Doing In Nigeria. – Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo:

    **Ilorin is a Yoruba city, Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. Why?

    Boko Haram is not fighting for anything other than the seizure of political power by the Fulani people. They are using Kanuri territory to perpetrate the evil, but the main people instigating this bloodletting are the Fulani from Futa Djallon. We know where they came from. They are colonialists and if we made the British to leave, what are these people doing here? They are also colonialists.

    You have to reflect and ask yourself some questions.

    Kano is a Hausa city, the Emir of Kano is not a Hausa man; he is a Fulani. Ilorin is a Yoruba city, the Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, the Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. The Lamido of Adamawa who is residing in Yola is a Fulani, who claims he has other Fulanis in Cameroon and other places. These are not Fulani cities. We know where they all came from.

    • Mansur

      This must be a comment from an uninformed educated illiterate from the swamps. You are not knowledgeable to understand the emergence of Mali, Ghana Songhai empires etc through the military expansion. Perhaps when the fulanis had the capacity to wage wars for territorial expansion our grand pas were busy getting their heads drunk and feasting on snakes, rats and lizards. Now that you have your emperor on the throne, you have realised Your potential to retake what had been taken century ago.
      We are not willing to join issues with a group of people who are suffering from inferiority complex and crisis of identity. People who are never sober to enable them think, always drunk. We know those who grew up seeking what leadership is all about, not those who never knew how to manage sane human beings. Those at best saw fishes in the creeks.
      You will only understand what we are saying when you reflect on your days in Ngamboru Ngala and life in maiduguri.