Boko Haram’s atrocities has affect all Nigerians one way or the other. Although no every Nigerian is feeling the wrath of the terrorist group, but fact is the Government seem to be devoting most of it’s time to tackling the problems and threat posed by the group and therefore has little time at it’s disposal to successfully handle other issues that are facing the country. In this regard, every Nigerian is affected by the evil perpetrated by the Islamic group in the country.
During Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure as president of Nigeria, Boko Haram seized chunks of lands in the northeast and routinely humiliated the Nigerian military in battle.
It also carried out some of the worst terrorist atrocities in the world which include its infamous April 2014 kidnapping of almost 300 girls from a school in Chibok. An act which led to the famous #BringBackOurGirls.
Jonathan’s inability or refusal to tackle Boko Haram made him one of the major disastrous leader in the history of Nigerian Presidency. Jonathan said in an interview that he was soft on Boko Haram because they are our brothers and we don’t want to kill our brothers.
“They are our siblings. You can’t set the army to go and wipe out your family”
What Jonathan failed to realize is the fact that Boko Haram is wiping out hundreds of families daily.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram was waxing stronger and stronger up to the extent that they even declared a caliphate after seizing lots of territories from the Nigerian Government.
Many are saying that President Buhari’s grand promise of reform is fading because it’s almost a year since he took over from Jonathan and he promised to completely reform Nigeria.
Buhari’s promises includes defeating Boko Haram within two months, bringing corrupt officials to justice, and in a nutshell – making Nigeria a better place for Nigerians.
No doubt, the atrocities committed by the Islamic group, Boko Haram has had a very bad effect on some Nigerians. Parents of kidnapped girls can be seen crying in the photo below because they are somehow helpless and they don’t know the way forward.
It appears Buhari was initially now willing to approach Boko Haram’s issue militarily because while addressing the parliament and the European Union Commission, Buhari said:
“For our part, we have updated our rules of engagement in fighting terrorism and pay very close attention during operations to the treatment of captured terrorists, civilians caught up in the conflict and in general, safeguarding property. Our aim is to use minimum force necessary in our fight against terrorists,”
President Muhammadu Buhari has definitely given it a second thought and he is now seriously committed to eradicating the Islamic terrorist group.
Although Buhari may not have completely defeated Boko Haram, but it is evidently clear that he is committed to eliminating the ruthless group from the country.
In March 2015, Boko Haram, who is now partly on the run, officially joined ISIS and rebranded itself as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).