Terrorism: Nigeria's victory over insurgency has come to stay - Human rights researcher

Terrorism: Nigeria's victory over insurgency has come to stay - Human rights researcher

- A foremost human rights researcher has said that steps taken by the army chief in recent operations against the terrorists are worthy of commendation

- Terrence Kuanum said troops' winnings against Boko Haram all point to the direction of permanent victory as the terrorists are now in disarray

- According to Kuanum, he has not seen a better coordinated and result yielding efforts like the current one by the army troops

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A human rights researcher, Terrence Kuanum, has said that Nigeria's victory against Boko Haram insurgents has come to stay since the coordination of army operations by the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

Kuanum, an author of several books described recent victories by Nigerian troops in the Lake Chad Region as a positive sign that the recorded success over the insurgents will be permanent. 

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Speaking in Abuja on Friday, May 8, Kuanum said the last two months have seen the steady progression in the offensive being led by General Buratai against the terrorists.

He said the winnings all point to the direction of permanent victory as the terrorists are now in disarray.

Kuanum said for the 11 years he has been following the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and the efforts of the Nigerian and other governments to stop them, he has not seen a better coordinated and result yielding efforts like the current one.

The renowned researcher said: "I had the opportunity of following recent happenings in the Northeast and I must say this is an opportunity for Nigerians to feel proud as there is every indication that the war against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists would soon be over permanently."

Further reviewing the steps taken by the army chief in recent operations against the terrorists, Kuanum said having a back-to-back victory show insurgents have been overwhelmed and are on the verge of surrendering. 

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Nigeria's victory over insurgency has come to stay - Human rights researcher

Kuanum said the last two months have seen the steady progression in the offensive being led by General Buratai against the terrorists. Photo source: Army website
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"What you normally get from this type of asymmetric warfare is a tit-for-tat kind of battle where one side strikes the other at a time it was least expecting and the other side tries to take its pound of flesh by launching a counter-offensive," Kuanum said.

The researcher and authority in military history said he is sure that at the end of the operation which he said would be over soon, other countries would be coming to Nigeria to learn how to defeat insurgency and terrorism because according to him.

He said for Nigeria to have been able to find a solution to the scourge where even military superpowers like Russia and the US have failed in the past years, would surely come as a thing of pride for the entire nation.

He said in the past countries like the US and Russia could not put their acts together by thinking that they can subdue terrorism through the end of its leadership and top commanders alone.

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"In the same way, the killing of Muhammad Marwa did not stop the Maitatsine sect until a wholesome operation that included the liquidation of the ground troops, destruction of their armoury and reorientation of their members took place," Kuanum explained.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some activists in Nigeria had commended the Nigerian army for its successful operations against insurgents in the northeast region of Nigeria.

The activists said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deserve special laurels for their tremendous feat against Boko Haram terrorists at the Timbuktu-Triangle in Borno State.

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A communal clash between Omor and Umumbo communities in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state has allegedly left many dead.

It was gathered that about 50 persons were allegedly abducted, while over 300 farmers sustained bullet and machete injuries in the clash.

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An insider said trouble stars between residents of the two communities last year during the dry season farming but was quickly brought under control.

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