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  • Updated: January 10, 2023

Buhari Ended Boko Haram But Insecurity Is Still Not Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari said that “God has helped” his regime to “clear Boko Haram” in the northeast. But insecurity in the country has taken another wave making national peace a Haram under his watch. 

Haram is an Arabic word used for forbidden and out-of-bounds phenomena. 

Boko Haram emanates from Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, an association of Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad.

It kickstarted as an organisation against western ideas but degenerated into a religious terrorist group active in Chad, Niger, northern Cameroon, and Mali.

As a matter of fact, the group was an international destroyer of national peace before President Muhammadu Buhari took over.

It occupied the largest part of the northeast, expanding to the northwest and south.

Tens of thousands of Nigerians lost their lives, homes and properties to the anomaly.  

It is even unfounded to call this group an Islamist group because they strike all religious centres, public places and plant suicide bombs anywhere they can strike.

In that case, that Buhari’s administration had tackled the daily threat of Boko Haram in the country is arguably acceptable.

But the security mantra that brought the former army general to the office is still a mess.

The President said his commitment to Nigerians in his May 29, 2015, inaugural address to frontally and courageously tackle Boko Haram terrorists and stabilise the country.

But here we are, battling unknown gunmen, banditry, farmer-herders clashes, and INEC facilities attack now as Mr President rounds off his government.

Though there are no more Boko Haram militants, we now have people free enough to kidnap train passengers, attack churches and make Nigerians make intranational travels in severe panic.

Mr President's security framework has failed to capture the novel security threats we do not have before his reign.

He said nobody could blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office, saying, “I do not have one square inch outside Nigeria."

To an observer without any political inclination, this assertion by the president is a locution made to give an excuse.

Meanwhile, it is impossible to ascertain Mr President's words until he leaves office. Past leaders in the country have said such and even more, only to find them culpable. 

“Most critical security challenge inherited by the administration nearly eight years ago was the potent and pervasive threat of terrorism", the president revealed.

In truth, although normalcy might have returned to affected States, Nigerians still live in fear of the unknown.

We don't know the perpetrators behind the destruction of unknown gunmen.

Some conspirators have argued that it is impossible to overlook the hands of the Boko Haram fighters in the new security threats we have in the country now that Buhari will be leaving office.

To President Buhari, he has fulfilled the commitment made to Nigerians to eliminate the Boko Haram militants.

Nigerians feel otherwise because the "reduction in the menace of this group" has propelled and energised new threats he could not fully win for eight years.

“‘Well, under this system fighting corruption is not easy.

"When I was in the military, as Head of State, I locked up some people because the Constitution says you must declare your assets, and for people who couldn’t explain the differences in their assets, I locked them up", the president added.

Our number one head has always excused himself and his administration from the country's failures by dwelling on the past, which has made his reign unpalatable.

Besides, suppose he claims to have debased Boko Haram terrorism as promised.

In that case, his words on fuel prices, living standards, economic prosperity, and national peace among others are yet to be kept.

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