By Lanre – Shodimu
Nigeria has in the past decades been battling and contending with forces responsible for terrorism.
Today, Nigeria has become one of the most terrorised countries on earth, as vast amount of human and material resources have been expended to prosecute this war on terror. This is in addition to other other security challenges the country is grappling with.
One key security institution that has been largely responsible for various peace keeping missions and operations in the country is the military.
From various ‘operation code names’ like operation “Lafiya Dole’ in the North East to Operation Python Dance’ in the East and several other operations across the country, the military has virtually taken over all internal security operations, which ordinarily a well trained civilian Police should handle.
Recently, the country has been inundated with various news of ambush of the military, killings and lost of interest by the Nigerian soldiers. Recently, about 350 soldiers submitted their letters of resignation to the military authorities citing lost of interest.
Also, a soldier was said to have deliberately open fire at his colleague due to depression, just as Governor Zulum’s convoy manned by soldiers was also attacked in Baga. This sends wrong signal to the military Institution, as the terrorists daily confronts the military with effrontery and guts.
To this end, it will not be out place to state that some individuals are benefitting from the country’s so many security travails and challenges caused by terrorism.
There are likely internal and external saboteurs of efforts of the military at getting rid of terrorism in the country.
The Nigeria military institution is daily faced with lack of confidence caused by underfunding and inadequate military hardware to combat terrorism head on.
The military should endeavour to ‘flush out’ these saboteurs within their ranks and file, while the political class should adequately fund the military and political class and/or elites should be investigated to identify those sympathetic to war against terrorism.
For now, the cause of Nigeria’s prolonged war on terrorism is a combination of act of saboteurs and failing military institution.