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Emmanuel Onwubiko: I will fight the war on terrorism: it is Nigeria that wins the war

An indisputable fact is that, in demographic terms, young people who are around 40 years of age or younger are statistically majority when writing a Nigerian computer team. These large numbers of Nigerian contemporaries who graduated from university and work in the public and private sectors have not witnessed any war. The first real experience they are experiencing is the terrorist attack by the Boko Haram terrorists. The war on terror has cost this age group a great deal because it is primarily infantrymen who wage war on the war fronts.

So if there is a problem, the vast majority of Nigerians would like it to disappear overnight, it is the constantly coordinated violent attacks on Nigeria’s infrastructure and population by armed Islamists known as Boko Haram terrorists .

The awareness that armed terrorists continue to carry out a series of violent attacks against the majority of civilian populations and destroy the communities and livelihoods of millions of Nigerians in northeast Nigeria is a great nightmare not only for those living in that vast continent but for the rest of Nigeria.

The reason for reaching this conclusion is that the continued deployment of large numbers of armed soldiers to confront terrorists has cost the nation many human and material resources and, to make matters worse, this war on terror has been taking place. for ten years and it began to appear as a lost cause before the unthinkable happened and this scenario that would have far-reaching implications has been widely reported by international news channels just as the action has sparked varying degrees of debate.

This development that I chose to classify as unthinkable is because I was simply out of sadness, so the wonderful news came that the Chadian army killed 1,000 fighters during an operation against the Boko Haram armed group in the Lake Chad border region . . The Chadian army has also gained a lot of mileage in the media from international news organizations claiming that Boko Haram terrorists and other Islamic State affiliated terrorist gangs waging war in Nigeria and some other African nations have managed to enter Guinness from world records as the third most terrorist and mass murderer in the global community. Therefore, it follows that events taking place around the theater of the war on terror would normally be widely reported in the Western media.

In this light, Chadian army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna told AFP news agency that 52 soldiers died during the operation, which was launched on March 31.

“A thousand terrorists have died, 50 motorized canoes have been destroyed,” said the colonel, referring to a large boat also called a canoe.

Agouna said the operation, which started after about 100 soldiers died in an attack on Boko Haram last month, ended on Wednesday after armed fighters were forced to leave the country.

The journalist said it was the first official snapshot of the result of Operation Bohoma Anger, launched after at least 23 soldiers died on March 23 in the deadliest attack ever carried out by Boko Haram against the country’s military forces. The armed group had launched a seven-hour assault on a Chadian army base in Bohoma.

According to reports from the Nigerian capital Abuja, Ahmed Idris of Al Jazeera said: “The country is trying to help other regional powers and regional forces within a group called the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to finally defeat Boko Haram.” . .

“Five years ago, in 2015, a similar operation was carried out that decimated the population of Boko Haram. Since then, several thousand have been regrouped, attacked and killed in the process, and regional armies in the Lake Chad area have had difficulties solving the problem, “Idris added.

Lake Chad is a vast body of swampy water where the borders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon meet.

There is also a trending issue in which the Chadian army has taken full responsibility for fighting the Boko Haram insurgency. I doubted this side of the information, but a report actually quoted the President of Chad to make that statement that may not represent the exact facts and figures behind this war on terror, which is generally not fought by a single nation that is It accounts for obvious facts that terrorists have since extended their attacks to virtually every West African nation near Nigeria from the northern flanks. However, we read that the Chadian leader said that his nation is doing much more than its fair share of the war on terror.

“Chad is the only one who bore the full brunt of the war against Boko Haram,” President Idriss Deby told the media last weekend.

The same journalist said that: “It is not clear if this will be the end or the beginning of the end of Boko Haram in the region.

Many news channel experts have said they believe it will be very difficult to say that Boko Haram is defeated or will be defeated any time soon because this is an ideology that has taken hold for more than a decade in Nigeria and is pouring into its neighbors. “Towards the end of this reflection, we will face the question of whether terrorism can be defeated or not, inspired by what some thinkers have said about the experiences of the United States of America in the fight against terrorism.

As I said before, I do not believe that Chad is alone in this effort to end the reign of terrorism in West Africa. This is because the same news channel that quoted the President of Chad stating that his nation was only supporting the attempted war on terror, also reported that the Republic of Niger had also contributed to the latest rounds of huge battles against the terrorism launched against the Boko Haram terrorists.

The news channel said that Niamey’s defense ministry separately claimed in Niger that its armed forces, in a joint operation with Chad, inflicted “serious losses” on Boko Haram in the Lake District.

“The weapons caches, logistical points and several ships have been destroyed” and the islands used as rear bases in the swampy region of the lake have been “bombed with air,” he said.

Landless Niger is reportedly facing attacks by an armed group on opposite ends of the country, fighting that has erupted from neighboring Mali, and incursions into the Lake Chad region by Boko Haram fighters.

Boko Haram’s 11-year campaign has resulted in tens of thousands of lives in northeast Nigeria and has driven nearly two million people from their homes, says Aljazeera. This estimate is low.

Interestingly, a few days after Chadian soldiers launched a successful military campaign around the Lake Chad area to attack the Boko Haram terrorists, the head of the Nigerian army immediately moved to northeast Nigeria. personally coordinate what defines the final phase of the war on terror.

Don’t forget that the last time the multinational joint military task force attacked Boko Haram terrorists in 2015, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who is now the head of the Nigerian army, was the commander of that military task force. multinational based in Chad. Therefore, it is a bit of an overstatement to think that the army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, was simply imitating the President of Chad and claiming that this is the reason he moved to the theater of war in northeast Nigeria. Far from there. He is a highly experienced war general who leads from the battlefields.

Furthermore, it is recalled that before the Chadian Army carried out the superlative military objective of decimating more than 1,000 Boko Haram terrorists, the Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army saw it coming when he continually told the journalist that the end of Boko Haram terrorists is imminent.

Shortly after the attack on Chad, Lt. Gen. Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai landed in northeast Nigeria and, as you can see from the leaked information from the battlefield, the Nigerian Army has the advantage and These successes have prompted the question of whether the end of Nigeria’s most demanding nightmare in the past 60 years has come, namely the Boko Haram terror attacks that killed more than 30,000 CIVILES and destroyed the livelihoods of more than 3 million Nigerian citizens who are now internally and externally displaced persons and refugees.

A few hours ago, our eyes were delighted with the wonderful story that the main Boko Haram terrorists and their leaders were decimated, including almost 105 members of the TERROR group.

The media reported that several key Boko Haram terrorist / ISWAP leaders were killed in numerous airstrikes carried out by the Lafiya Dole Air Operations Task Force at Durbada in Borno, the defense headquarters said.

Coordinator, Defense Media Operations, Mag.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement Monday in Abuja, added that the terrorist structures were also destroyed.

Enenche revealed that the operation, which took place on April 17, occurred following credible reports by human intelligence.

He claimed that the intelligence was confirmed by a series of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and indicated that the settlement was one of the places where some terrorist hierarchies often hibernate.

According to him, fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force took turns attacking the position by striking precise shots within the target area that resulted in the deaths of some of the terrorists.

Others, who have been seen trying to flee the area, have been pulled out of subsequent attacks.

“The Nigerian armed forces, in support of the goal of restoring peace and security in the northeast, will support the offensive against our nation’s enemies,” he said. (YAYA).

As citizens who have been through the nightmare attacks and bloodshed violence of the TERROR gangsters for the past eleven years, I think our main concern should not be wasting energy speculating if the President of Chad ends the reign of terrorists . or the Nigerian army. What our concern should be is to show positive solidarity with the Nigerian army to emerge victorious in a not too distant future, so it can be said that the era of uncertainty caused by the massive terrorist campaign has ended again and again. We will turn our attention to the question of whether terrorists and terrorism in northeast Nigeria can be defeated.

But first of all, let’s try to dispel a mistake that has been spreading for some time in the vineyard that some military generals in Nigeria have commercialized the war on terror.

It is practically impossible to give the impression that the current army chief who introduced many innovations and built many giant projects for the establishment of the army, including the University located in the state of Borno, will not want the Boko Haram insurrection to end due to some reasons pecuniary.

This is perhaps the most outrageous conspiracy to come from hell, thinking that someone who has spent more than three decades fighting for Nigeria to be exceptional and have earned one of the most prestigious professional ranks could go so low as not to want a costly war. to Nigeria several fighters or billions of dollars to finish and even more when this same person comes from a place considered as the front of these TERROR attacks, which means that his people are directly the most affected victim of this ten-year war . This false news is as ridiculous as ever. We will conclude by examining what it should mean to win a war on terror.

Philip H. Gordon writes on the subject: “Can the war on terror be won? How to Fight the Just War, posted on www.foreignaffairs.com like this: “Almost completely absent from this debate is a concept of how ‘victory’ in the war on terror really would seem. The traditional idea of ​​winning a war it’s clear enough: defeating an enemy on the battlefield and forcing him to accept political terms. But what does victory, or defeat, mean in a war on terror? Will this kind of war ever end? How much How long will it take? Will we see victory come? When will it come?

Then he said: “It is essential to start thinking seriously about these questions, because it is impossible to win a war without knowing what your objective is. In considering the possible outcomes of the war on terror, it is clear that it can really be won, but only with the recognition that it is a new and different kind of war. ”

Victory said it will come not when foreign leaders accept certain terms, but when political changes erode and eventually undermine support for the ideology and strategy of those who are determined to destroy the United States.

“It will not come when Washington and its allies kill or capture all potential terrorists or terrorists, but when the ideology defended by the terrorists is discredited, when it is seen that their tactics have failed and when they come to find more promising paths to dignity, the respect and opportunities they long for. It will not mean the complete elimination of any possible terrorist threat, the pursuit of this goal will surely lead to more terrorism, not less, but to the reduction of the risk of terrorism to a level that does not significantly affect the The average citizen lives every day, worries their thoughts, or overreacts. ”

At that time, as already mentioned, he reasoned that even terrorists will realize that their violence is useless. Keeping this vision of victory in mind will not only avoid significant pain, expense, and trouble; It will also guide leaders toward policies that will bring such victory.

I will recommend the above scenarios to Nigerian political settlements. The other perspective of guaranteeing justice for war victims by prosecuting and punishing mass murderers must also be comprehensively addressed. This is where I think we should copy the model used in Chad to deal with terrorists. Chad had to use the instrumentality of the law to bring the boko haram terrorists they arrested to face the death penalty. Nigeria should not give the impression that it is profitable to wage an unstoppable TERROR war against Nigeria. There should be no negotiations with terrorists.

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