5-years scorecard: Centre lauds Buhari, Nigerian army on counter-terrorism

5-years scorecard: Centre lauds Buhari, Nigerian army on counter-terrorism

- A centre has assessed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari since May 29, 2015

- The centre in its assessment scored the president and the Nigerian military high in the fight against insurgency

- According to the centre, Buhari has displayed sincerity of heart and purpose towards bringing the war to an end

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The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military troops for their efforts towards ending the war against insurgency in the last five years.

CESJET made this known in its five-year assessment report on President Buhari’s administration in the war against terrorism and the accompanying efforts of the Nigerian army.

The centre said President Buhari has earned plaudits from Nigerians and the international community for dramatically halting the once growing spate of Boko Haram/ISWAP attacks in the country.

After carrying out an assessment tour of the northeast, spanning five years, CESJET acknowledged that President Buhari has displayed sincerity of heart and purpose towards bringing the war to an end.

In the report signed by its executive secretary, Isaac Ikpa, CESJET said the current administration has shown the much-needed political will to finish off the terrorists.

CESJET also extolled chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai for aligning with the vision of the president, showcasing exemplary leadership, commitment and doggedness in the theatre of operations.

Ikpa said the army has so far been professional in the discharge of their duties and exhibiting utter respect for human rights.

He said that with the end of the war in sight, the Federal Government must to continue to give the needed support to the troops.

He also stated that in undertaking the assessment, an emphasis was placed on primary sources of data collection that included interviews, distribution of questionnaires, on the spot assessment visits to the theatre of operations in northeast Nigeria, to internally displaced person camps, as well as affected communities in Nigeria.

He said CESJET constituted a team of researchers with each team consisting of journalists, psychologists, doctors and nurses, interpreters, observers and auditors.

5-years scorecard: Centre lauds Buhari, Nigerian army on counter-terrorism
The centre said Buhari has displayed sincerity of heart and purpose towards bringing the war to an end. Photo credit: Aso Villa.
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According to him, the team was spread across communities in northeast Nigeria for two months and reported to a central processing team stationed in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Ikpa said during the course of the research, it was observed that the military engineers were also involved in the provision of basic amenities such as water and the rebuilding of primary healthcare centres and places of worship in these communities.

"The operational line of command was also well-spelt out with each command, battalion and company responding to chains of authority most efficiently," Ikpa said.

He also said there was a high level of organizations in the daily routine of soldiers around the IDPs but for some teething issues that were being addressed at the time of visiting by our team of researchers.

"The Boko Haram group does not control any swathe of Nigerian territory like in times past where over 16 local government areas were under the control of Boko Haram group," he said.

CESJET further suggested that the Nigerian government must continue to give the needed support to the Nigerian Military by ensuring that it continuously provides all that is required in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there was a crisis in the camp of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of the Boko Haram sect.

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Ba’a Idirisa, son of late Muhammed Yusuf, founder of the sect, who is the leader of the group in Nigeria, has been killed.

Sources said Idirisa was killed alongside three other commanders in the terrorists' conclave on Sunday, February 9 for suggesting an idea was considered too soft for the insurgents.

Also, some key leaders of the ISWAP were neutralised at Jubillaram and Alinwa area in Borno state by the Nigerian air force (NAF).

The ISWAP leaders were killed as they assembled for meetings on Thursday, February 20.

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