Since the inauguration of President Muhammudu Buhari on May 29, over 500 people including soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram forces either through bombings, beheading or shootings.
The Jos resturant bombing this morning has taken the official death toll to 505 people but such numbers cannot be totally relied upon which makes speculations that over 500 people killed by the insurgents more attainable.
On Sunday, a bomb explosion at a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum Town, Yobe State by a male suicide bomber killed six persons.
Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Toyin Gbadegesin, said the attack happened during a church service confirming the deaths of six people and the suicide bomber.
This was the second attack on Pokistum since May 29, soon after the June 15 attack by suicide bombers which killed 10 persons and injuring several others.
President Buhari during his inauguration speech promised to move the military centre from Abuja to Maiduguri to move closer to the terrorists.
The Military Command was later moved which the president strengthened the multilateral military alliance between Nigeria and neighbouring states of Cameroun, Niger, Chad and the support of G-7 industrialised countries.
A day after Buhari’s inauguration, a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in a Maiduguri mosque during the afternoon prayer.
On the same day, the insurgents fired rocket propelled grenades into Dala Lawanti, west of Maiduguri killing 13 people.
On June 2, the insurgents left an improvised explosive device (IED) on a butcher’s table and the explosion killed about 30 people at a busy meat market in Maiduguri. The terrorists continued their evil works on June 3 when an IED, was detonated at a military check-point in Baga, Borno State, killing four people.
On June 4, another suicide bomber blew Jimeta main market in Yola, Adamawa State. At least 50 were said to have dieed.
Unfazed, the insurgents hit a popular “cow market” in Maiduguri, killing an unspecified number of people.
On June 11, three female suicide bombers, desperate to carry out attacks in Bauchi died by the device of their own hands. The Explosives strapped to their bodies exploded prematurely on the road before reaching their targets.
In a follow up, the insurgents coordinated multiple blasts that killed about 11 people at Potiskum in Yobe State (second hit) on June 115. The victims were mostly police officers and members of the local vigilante group, who were trying to stop a man with an attached IED and heading for the Potiskum market.
June 17 was the next date the insurgents hit as an accidental explosion killed 15 persons in Monguno.
Unfazed the insurgents hit a fish market on June 22. At least 30 people were killed when two female suicide bombers disguised as beggars exploded in the market.
Targeting another market, Boko Haram hit Wagir in Gubja Local Government of Yobe State on June 23, killing about 15 people.
Three days later on June 27, three insurgents on tricycles hit the Molai General Hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital detonated killing 3 security guards at the gate, as well as 2 of the suicide bombers as they were denied entry to the building.
On June 30, the insurgents killed 48 people in Mussaram I and Mussaram II near Monguno,while Muslim were worshipping in various mosques observing the Magrib prayers shortly after breaking their fast. The insurgents reportedly burnt most of the bodies after the killings.
The insurgents struck multiple times during the Holy Month of Ramadam.
On July 1st, the terrorists’ killed 98 persons in Kukawa village. The insurgents reportedly surrounded the village and started shooting sporadically when Muslims were about to break their fast for the day.
On July 2, the insurgents committed religious sacrilege again when they killed 11 persons at Malari Village along Bama/ Konduga Highway as two female suicide bombers, in two separate attacks, struck at Malari village and Allau Dam road along Bama/Konduga Highway, Borno State.
In a follow up attack the next day, the insurgents killed 54 killed in Mussa Village, Askira-Uba LG including a former council Chairman. The terrorists were said to have been running away from Nigerian troops before coming to the village and descended on the commune.
President Buhari has repeatedly voiced his intentions to crush the Boko Haram insurgents terrorizing the Northern part of the country.
The president has embarked on numerous trips to neighbouring country to discuss with head of states on strategies on how to tackle the insurgents.
Buhari also spoke to the international community during the G-8 summit in May on the need for assistance from developed countries to show their support for the fight against the insurgents.