Nigeria needs to start considering other solutions in the interest of peace, security and public policy
From bad to worse: Nearly 50 killed in bombings in north Nigeria within 48 hours
About 48 people have been reported dead following suicide attacks and bombings in two cities in northern Nigeria where the Boko Haram insurgency has invaded several communities, launching deadly attacks in a six-year campaign to create an Islamic state. This comes after the group’s brutal jihadists were involved in a shoot-out with Nigerian soldiers in Aladuwari village, about 2 km away from Maiduguri.
On Monday the first blast took place at a mosque in a Maiduguri residential area where the army was involved in a heated gun battle with suspected Boko Haram fighters the day before. Some members of the sect made attempts to slip into the town to carry out suicide bombings. A source in the national relief agency NEMA told Reuters that around 20 people were killed and 91 wounded. It has also been reported that many more bodies had been brought to two other hospitals.A count which included victims from Sunday’s fighting.
While no details have been provided for the second attack, army commander Lamidi Adeoshun, confirmed the incident.
Earlier this year, the military, supported by the Republics of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, launched six weeks of aggressive offense against the insurgency. They successfully recaptured a large percentage of Nigerian territories under Boko Haram’s control at the time, putting an end to their reign of terror. The insurgency went from being “a Caliphate, to a network of sleeper cells” which, as predicted was more difficult for Nigeria to handle. As such the group’s strategy has returned to hitting soft targets such places of worship, bus stations and markets, as well as reports of indiscriminate shootings and burning down of homes, mainly in Borno state.
Yesterday two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded meat and fish market South of Borno in Madagali in Adamawa state, killing many people. At least 30 people are reported to be wounded.
Over the last five years Boko Haram group has invaded several communities in north-eastern Nigeria. And despite efforts made by Nigerian law enforcement agents, the group appears to be winning the ongoing war between terrorism and justice. President Muhammadu Buhari charged the the military to crush insurgency in the country by December 2015, however not only did he recently declare that the deadline is open to change, such a victory will remain far-fetched until Nigeria begins to consider other solutions in the interest of peace, security and public policy.