North East: Nigerian Military Unable To Hold Recaptured Territories – U.S.

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    The United States Department of State is worried about Nigeria’s inability to effectively secure and hold on to territories recaptured from Boko Haram terrorists despite the successes recorded by the Multi-National joint task force.

    This assertion is contained in the United states country report on terrorism for the year 2016 submitted to the US Congress in compliance with the title 22 of the US Code.

    The report indicates that the Federal government’s progress report on the fight against terror is merely a duplication of failed efforts carried over from the end of last year fighting season.

    It says the Nigerian government has not been able to rebuild civilian structures and institutions in areas captured. Just as it has not been able to rescue the remaining Chibok school girls abducted in 2014.

    The report also accuses the federal government of not having a concrete plan to properly provide adequate security for internally displaced persons.

    The US department of state in the report says it has been working closely with Nigeria’s security agencies to solve some of the problems highlighted.

    “Despite gains made by the MNJTF, much of its reported progress was merely duplication of failed efforts carried over from the end of the last dry/fighting season. The Nigerian military was unable to hold and rebuild civilian structures and institutions in those areas it had cleared,” the report reads in part.

    “Most of the remaining students abducted by BH in Chibok remained in captivity, although one girl was found in Borno, and the Government of Nigeria successfully negotiated the release of 21 of the kidnapping victims.”

    The report also accuses the Nigerian government of taking failing to get help from regional organisations.

    It says, “The Nigerian government has not invested significant resources or time enlisting regional organisations, such as the Economic Organisation of West African States and Economic Community of Central African States, to assist with the BH problem.

    “Instead, the Government of Nigeria preferred to engage BH militants in direct, unilateral military action and through the MNJTF, which is headed by a Nigerian military officer.”

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