- Some security experts have reacted to the ongoing war against insurgents in Nigeria's northeast region
- The experts said the Nigerian Military and its leadership have done tremendously well in the war against terrorists in the region
- According to the experts, some of the terrorists now enter communities to steal food and other essentials to keep their lives running
The troops of the Nigerian Military and its leadership have been commended for their efforts in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The commendation which was from some security experts said the Military has indeed recorded tremendous gains made so far in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the northeast.
A highly placed security source who pleaded anonymity said that information from available Intel, has revealed that what is now left of ISWAP are a bunch of disgruntled fighters facing hunger and logistics challenges.
The source said that some of the terrorists now enter communities to steal food and other essentials to keep their lives running.
“What is left of ISWAP now is not a fighting force but that of a group of young men struggling for survival from the harsh realities of lack of food essentially," the source said.
The source added that: "They have been highly factionalized, and the bulk of the attacks you notice in recent times are carried out in their mission to look for food in some of these villages."
The experts said some of the terrorists now enter communities to steal food and other essentials to keep their lives running.
Also speaking on the ongoing counter-terrorism fight, Professor Gilbert Kansas of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism Herzliya in Israel said the Nigerian authorities had demonstrated a rare feat in counter-terrorism operations.
Kansas said with the way and manner the Nigerian government has been able to handle the threats, the ISWAP group has not been able to get that critical support it requires from the network to sustain their activities.
He said: “This is a rare feat that agrees with the Game theory in Counter-Terrorism operations that underlines the interface between factions within a terrorist organization, and the interplay between diverse agents, as well as capturing the strategic interplay between terrorists and targeted governments. The Nigerian Military has indeed done well.”
Also, Howard Grant of the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, shared the same sentiment with Professor Gilbert Kansas of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
Grant said the strategic objectivity of the ISWAP was to establish domains in Nigeria and four West African countries at the end of 2019.
“If we understand the dynamics of international terrorism, we must indeed admit that the feat recorded in Nigeria is outstanding with the manner the Nigerian Military has been able to break the ranks of ISWAP and within a record time," Grant said.
He said some other countries facing such challenges have not been this lucky and that the Nigerian experience should serve as a reference point in effective counter-terrorism operations.
Afolabi Jelili, a security research analyst with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) said that the gains made by the Nigerian Military in the fight against terrorism in northeast Nigeria since 2015 have been outstanding.
“A cursory look at the available indices indicates that there have been substantial gains in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group," Jelili said.
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He noted that the terrorists' ranks have been broken, and they have resulted in aiming at soft targets in women and children, going on rampages in villages and causing destructions to paint a picture of a strong fighting force, but in truth, they are in disarray.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had said that the war against the terrorists cannot be won by military might alone.
According to Buratai, the war cannot be left for the Military alone because of a series of indoctrination that has been carried out in the north for more than two decades.
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