Boko Haram: EU appraises FG, military's counter-insurgency operations

Boko Haram: EU appraises FG, military's counter-insurgency operations

- Nigeria's progress in the fight against insurgency has been appraised by the European Union Centre for Human Rights Protection (EUCHRP)

- The centre commended the Nigerian government and its Military for making significant progress in its counter-insurgency operations

- According to the centre, available statistics indicate that Boko Haram was able to exert its authority and control over some areas of northeast Nigeria

The European Union Centre for Human Rights Protection (EUCHRP) has commended the Nigerian government and its Military for making significant progress in its counter-insurgency operations.

The Centre made this known in an extensive report on the “threats posed by Boko Haram/ISWAP, the response of the Nigerian State and plight of civilians”.

A report signed by the executive director, Stuart McGhie, the Luxembourg-based centre appraised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring Nigerians and Nigeria is safe from enemies within and beyond its borders.

The team of highly-skilled researchers took into account the origin of the Boko Haram/ISWAP sect, previous government's efforts and how the current administration and military leadership led by Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has turned the tide positively.

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Among others, the group highlighted transparency in defence procurement; human right and obedience to rule of engagement; procurement of modern equipment as well as regional cooperation as the catalyst.

The European Union Centre for Human Rights Protection, however, urged the Nigerian government and military not to rest on its laurels.

It said the inability of the government of the day to successfully persecute a counter-insurgency war against the sect highlighted the failures of the Jonathan government on the military front.

It added that available statistics indicate that Boko Haram was able to exert its authority and control over some areas of northeast Nigeria.

McGhie said dislodging Boko Haram from the Sambisa forest was not a question of "should" but a question of "how" for the Nigerian military who faced a daunting task of wrestling the forest from terrorist control.

Noting that security is a vital part of socio-economic development in Nigeria, McGhie said the report has shown that the Nigerian government has made significant progress security-wise in the past decade, especially against insurgency activities in the North East region.

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"It is on this note that this report recommends that the Nigerian government should not rest on her laurels but continue to defend her citizens and territory from enemies within and beyond its borders," McGhie added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state had described the gruesome killing of Ropvil Dalyep, by members of a terrorist group as a heinous act.

The governor said the action by the terrorists is aimed at provoking sentiments which could lead to perceived hatred for people based on religion and origin.

He said the narrative of the terrorists must never be allowed to fester and cause disharmony among Nigerians.

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