Boko Haram not technically defeated as claimed by FG - CSOs re-assess situations

Boko Haram not technically defeated as claimed by FG - CSOs re-assess situations

- A coalition of civil society groups in Nigeria declares that the Boko Haram insurgent group is not technically defeated

- Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the executive director of the CISLAC, laments the rising isecurity in the country's north east

- Rafsanjani, who heads Amnesty International-Nigeria, pleads with the people of the country to be vigilant during the general elections

A coalition of civil society groups in Nigeria have discredited the claim that Boko Haram in the north east has been technically defeated as they say the rising level of insecurity especially by the terror group does not show the fight is being won.

Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and head of Transparency International Nigeria, said this at a world press conference on behalf of 11 other organisations.

Rafsanjani, who is the chairman board of trustee of the Amnesty International-Nigeria, said the security assessment by the federal government was false.

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“There has been a spectacular rise of insecurity in the country over the past few months. The Boko Haram insurgency has found a new lease on life and has been organizing regular raids against the military and ordinary communities over the past six months.

“Clearly, the insurgents are telling the world that they have not been technically defeated as asserted by government. The conflicts between herdsmen and farmers has spread over most parts of the country and according to an Amnesty International Report, there have been 3,641 deaths from January 2016 to October 2018.

“The conflict has blossomed into large-scale criminality, kidnapping and rural banditry. Today, virtually no Nigerian, anywhere in the country, feels safe,” Rafsanjani said as reported by Daily Sun.

The organisations also stressed the importance of the February 2019, election urging Nigerians to remain vigilant as only this could determine the success of the exercise.

“As the general elections approaches, Nigerians and indeed the international community are concerned about the apparent decline in the integrity of the electoral process. Civil society observers have recorded a significant expansion of vote buying in the recent Ekiti and Osun elections.

“Clearly, vote buying is fast becoming a norm in Nigeria as citizens are being induced to sell their mandate for crumbs that will not take them anywhere. The political party primaries were marked by massive fraud and manipulation by the political class.

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“We are also witnessing misuse of security forces, the police and army in our elections. They are being used to intimidate voters from voting as they please. The political campaign rallies are witnessing increased violence and people are being killed.

“The failure of the president to accent to the electoral act, as amended, is another cause for concern. The failure to prioritise electoral reform, ultimately undermines our capacity to make democratic progress as a nation. The buck for this failure stops at desk of the president,” the CSOs, which condemned recent attacks on media houses, said.

Legit.ng earlier reported how the Nigerian government once insisted that Boko Haram had been technically defeated, despite recent attacks by the insurgents.

The recent attack of the terrorists was carried out on Dalori, a village in Borno state, where about 86 people were killed.

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