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Friday, August 22, 2014

THE EXTERNAL FORCES BEHIND BOKO HARAM


The Federal Government said on Wednesday that it is very clear that some foreign forces are behind the over five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency. Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, stated this in Gombe, the Gombe State capital.
He was speaking at an advocacy workshop on Dialogue and Peace in the Northeast organised by the National Security and Civil Defense Corps. Moro however related the Federal Government’s commitment to ending the activities of the insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
“The Federal Government has been doing everything that is necessary to restore some level of confidence in the polity and you will also agree with me that recently there has been some level of more understanding between the Federal Government and the Governor of Borno State.
“We must build confidence among ourselves. We must also create an avenue for brainstorming and networking because this challenge is a national one because it affects people other than the people of the North-East alone and what affects the North-East affects the whole of Nigeria. Mr President is indeed determined to end the insurgency in the North-East. If anyone thinks Boko Haram and its activities are not linked to any external influence, the person is missing the point entirely. The sophistication and tactics being employed by the Boko Haram are certainly not ordinary, ” the Minister said.

Moro, who also spoke on the movement of troops within the affected zone, said the Nigerian Army and other security forces will never compromise their stand to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria. He nonetheless urged the soldiers to be courageous in confronting the insurgents,advising their wives currently protesting the deployment of their husbands to the troubled zone to be optimistic.


“At the moment, I can say there is no direct indication that the military and other security forces are compromising on their determination to end the insurgency. Some of these withdrawal and movement of troops are tactical. I am not a soldier, but I know that the war against terror in the North-East is a complex one. So the military high commands have their own way of enforcing the peace.

“On the protest by wives of soldiers, I want to encourage both the soldiers and their wives to be bold and pick up the courage to defeat this element of fear because fear can defeat you even before you go to the battle front. This is a national assignment, a clarion call so the soldiers should be encouraged to face the war,” Moro said.

The Minister also advised Nigerians to always support security operatives by offering them useful information that will help realise the government’s dream of putting an end to the five-year-old insurgency.

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