Boko Haram: A Torn In The Flesh Of A Nation

Terrorism has claimed a lot of innocent lives. The difficulty in curbing such menace keeps many perplexed. The article points out how the government has flaws in ending terrorism and the way forward.


The terrorist group BOKO HARAM has survived over 20 years. The war against terrorism in Nigeria seems to be poor. With Presidents Jonathan and Buhari administrating the bulk years, terrorism seems not to end so soon. In June 2012, Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan vowed to end terrorism. President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed to terminate BOKO HARAM from the face of the earth. From all indications, he would leave office never near to achieving that. Both Presidents had failed to materialize their words. The BOKO HARAM terrorist group has claimed over 300 thousand lives and displaced over 15 million persons (government figures are usually less). These are people's fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. Friends and colleagues. Nigeria's government continues to treat them with kit gloves. 

To compound the crisis, BOKO HARAM has had the ability to partner with Isis, bandits, killer herdsmen, and the like, making it difficult to tackle their multi-head operations. At a point, the nation's capital, Abuja, was not spared. When will this come to an end? The name is BOKO HARAM, also known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'adati wal-Jihad, meaning 'Western education is forbidden, sounds not new to anyone here. Its origin is one of complexity. Academicians have penned down lots of works on the subject matter. 

I would briefly discuss its history. This article rests mainly on why this ugly beast has not been subdued by the Nigerian government for over two decades now and proves some solutions to tackling the insurgency. 


The history of Boko Haram is linked to the group's founding leader, Muhammed Yusuf. Yusuf was born in Borno State, Nigeria, in 1970 and established the group in 2002. The group's name was derived from the fact that it was an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria under the leadership of Yusuf. At the beginning of its activities, Boko Haram focused on Islamic piety and the peaceful teaching of its members.

It was in 2009 when Boko Haram became active in an armed insurgency against the Nigerian government in the form of attacks on security forces, government institutions, and civilians. The group's founder, Yusuf, was killed by Nigerian security forces in 2009, with the leadership transitioning to Abubakar Shekau.

The rise of Boko Haram has been associated with its campaign to make areas of northern Nigeria into an independent Islamic state, fueled by a sense of marginalization and the lack of economic opportunity in the north of the country. The group has staged numerous attacks targeting government, security, and civilian targets, resulting in the deaths of civilians and mass displacements. The most notable attack was the abduction of more than 200 Chibok girls from their school in 2014.

The Nigerian government has responded to Boko Haram's insurgency with increased military activity and a state of emergency in certain areas, as well as talks with Mamman Nur, a former Boko Haram commander who is believed to have influence over the group. In 2015, the Nigerian army launched an offensive against Boko Haram and made territorial gains against the group. Despite this, Boko Haram still remains active in some parts of Nigeria and the region, posing a serious security challenge to the Nigerian government and its citizens. 


The Nigerian Federal Government has found it difficult to completely defeat Boko Haram, the militant group operating in the country for over a decade. This is due to a number of factors, including inadequate resources, limited military capabilities, a weak judicial system for prosecuting terrorists, and even moles in the government. Our government is unwilling to end terrorism. Seems some people are beneficiaries of this disaster.

Poor funding for the Nigerian army has made it hard for the government to combat the group effectively. Short of resources, the army must make do with limited assets and manpower, reducing their ability to keep up a defense against Boko Haram's attacks. 

The compromised military is another reason why the government is having difficulty defeating the group. As with many militaries, Nigerian soldiers are subject to corruption and bribery, which undermines the effectiveness of their efforts. This results in reduced morale, which can lead to further problems in terms of combatting Boko Haram.

The poor judicial system in Nigeria has made it difficult for the government to effectively prosecute those responsible for terrorist activities. This lack of capability has enabled Boko Haram to remain active with impunity. The government's judicial system is outdated, riddled with corruption and bribery, and incapable of providing a fair trial to those accused of criminal activities. 

The Nigerian government has also been unwilling to prosecute terrorists. This reluctance is partly due to a lack of political will but also due to the real and perceived risks associated with such a prosecution. For example, the government could potentially face criticism from the international community for its human rights abuses committed during a prosecution.

Ultimately, it is difficult for the Nigerian government to effectively prosecute terrorists due to its poor judicial system, as well as its unwillingness to pursue such a prosecution. This has created a situation where Boko Haram is still successfully operating in the country, and the government's struggle to defeat the group continues.

The presence of moles in the government has also hindered the government's ability to properly combat Boko Haram. These individuals are often aligned with the militants and are undermining the government's efforts by providing information on the Nigerian military's strategies. This can lead to the Nigerian authorities becoming outmaneuvered or even ambushed.

Also, Boko Haram is believed to be sponsored by forces abroad—likely terrorist organizations, which helps to fuel the group financially and militarily. The group's sponsorship and international connections have allowed them to continue to remain active despite the Nigerian government's best efforts.

In conclusion, the Nigerian government has faced a number of challenges in its attempt to defeat Boko Haram. Poor funding and compromised military forces, combined with the presence of moles in the government and potential foreign sponsorship, make this a difficult task. Thanks to years of hard work by the military, however, the group has been greatly reduced in size and presence in Nigeria.


The Nigerian government has been struggling to defeat Boko Haram, an insurgent group operating in the northeastern parts of the country, since 2009. There are a variety of potential reasons for the difficulty in defeating the group, but the most prominent include the Federal Government's poor judicial system, as well as its unwillingness to prosecute terrorists.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been dealing with Boko Haram for over a decade now, and there is an urgent need for a lasting solution to be found. There are a number of different approaches that can be taken to tackle this issue, and in order to find the most effective solution, a holistic approach should be embraced. 

Firstly, there should be a stronger focus on the judicial system within Nigeria to ensure that those who are associated with Boko Haram are appropriately punished, and justice is achieved. This will send a strong signal to those who seek to join or support the terrorist organization. Additionally, proper funding should be allocated from the Federal Government to ensure that the judicial system is well-equipped to deal with these cases.

Secondly, it is also important to ensure that the terrorist supply chain is thwarted, either through cutting off access to resources or finding ways to limit and disrupt their communications. In addition, there should be a focus on tracking potential moles, who can provide information about the inner proceedings of Boko Haram.

Thirdly, it will also be necessary to involve foreign countries in the effort to tackle Boko Haram. These countries should be approached through both diplomatic dialogue and by making it clear that their support of Boko Haram will be strongly discouraged. Additionally, it is also important to find out who is sponsoring the terrorist organization in order to cut them off financially.

It is important to remember that education and community projects can be used as effective tools to tackle the issues of radicalization. By engaging in dialogue with affected communities, it is possible to reduce the risk of local youth joining terrorist organizations like Boko Haram.

In conclusion, tackling Boko Haram is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive, holistic approach. The Federal Government must take a leading role in ensuring that the judicial system is properly funded and operational, that the terrorist supply lines are disrupted, and that foreign entities are actively discouraged from supporting Boko Haram.

Additionally, there should be a

focus on both education and community projects in order to reduce the risk of radicalization. If, for over 20 years now, our government has failed to tackle insurgency properly, it is evident that they do not care totally for their citizens. They fill the media with lies and let their house to born before their own eyes. 

God Save The Republic.

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