As the December deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the military to put an end to the Boko Haram insurgency draws to a close, Nigerians must be under no illusion that ending the war is automatic. Such a notion will amount to a misconception, in view of the nature and the deep connections of international terrorism, of which Boko Haram is a part. The sporadic attacks carried out by the distraught insurgents even on Christmas Day, despite the counter-insurgency operations of the military, is only one indication that this war is not about to end just yet. To believe otherwise is to foster apprehension in public consciousness and unduly incite criticism against the government security measures, and also disparage the military or dampen the morale of soldiers.
It is important first, to commend the military and other security agencies combating the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country for the remarkable feat they have so far achieved in routing the war-mongers.
They have not only restored the once broken morale of soldiers, they have proved that the long acquired international reputation of the Nigerian military as efficient and reliable peace keepers is not misplaced. Ending the insurgency, as the president ordered, includes dislodging Boko Haram members from occupying Nigerian territories and purporting to establish a rule different from that of the 1999 Constitution governing the entire country. To the extent that the military has been able to liberate occupied territories largely or wholly, that aspect of ending the insurgency can be said to be realisable by the end of this month. Indeed the military have destroyed Boko Haram camps and freed many abducted men, women and children
Only recently the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, while briefing journalists on his assessment tour of the activities of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) 7, Maiduguri, reiterated the sacrosanct nature of the December deadline, assuring that “the operation is well on course…the December deadline is sacrosanct…”