The Buhari Government’s Tacit Support Of Boko Haram

By Ikenga Chronicles December 25, 2017

The Buhari Government’s Tacit Support Of Boko Haram

A few days ago, a detailed report by the Wall Street Journal brought to light the real manner in which the Buhari administration was able to secure the release of 103 of the missing Chibok school girls. The story, like many feared pointed to the government, re-enforcing the insurgent group so that it can celebrate the “victory” of doing what “the opposition could not do”.

And that is the thing about making fantastical promises. Having failed severally in his quest to become the President of Nigeria, everything suddenly aligned for Muhammadu Buhari during the build up to the 2015 General Elections. All of the media apparatus of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the propaganda machinery of Nasir El-Rufai came together in a bid to repackage and market Buhari to Nigerians. His cause was further helped by the ineptitude of the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, thus in a bid to convince Nigerians that Buhari was the saviour needed by the country, Buhari’s campaign team promised heaven on earth. One of those promises was that the Chibok girls, who had since become a huge albatross for the Jonathan administration will be rescued immediately Buhari was elected.

Months after Buhari was sworn in, nothing of the sort had happened, and the government was under immense pressure to deliver at least on one front, since the economy had collapsed and hunger was roaming the streets. The “rescue” of the Chibok girls became a very massive opportunity to make this mark.That perhaps explains why despite the fact that the terms of the exchange, which included empowering the insurgents with Three Million Euros and releasing five of their commanders, were clearly more detrimental to Nigeria, the government decided to go through with it. As the Wall Street article stated;

“To a threadbare insurgency that had been driven into the mountains, the two payments in 2016 and 2017 represented a timely windfall. Since they collected the money, the group has stepped up its terrorist attacks. The number of suicide bombs detonated in Nigeria, most strapped to children, has seen a fourfold increase from the previous year.”

There are no questions as to the fact that that exchange, which saved 103 girls, has led to the deaths of more than 500!

It is not rocket science for one to permute that with the release of the commanders, Boko Haram would make better plans, and with the huge windfall, be able to procure more IEDs and other equipment, with which they have been pulverising the Nigerian nation. This is why some see the war against Boko Haram as a back-and-forth(the army captures Boko Haram commanders, they are later released, and again, they strike and are captured, and are later released).

That a government will be so desperate as to do this speaks of a lack of leadership responsibility for the greater good. It seemed that for the Federal Government, what was more important was scoring cheap popularity points, to the detriment of the lives of the greater percentage.

Be that as it may, one wishes that going forward, the Buhari administration will desist from what one may call “media stunts”, and focus more on the greater good, and in the process, stop empowering insurgents.


PHOTO: Photo is of Boko Haram members embracing the five commanders released to them by the Buhari administration. Source: ZANNAH MUSTAPHA/REUTERS