Boko Haram: The New ‘Caliphate’ Continues to Widen
By Kodili Ejiofor
The current move and tact in insurgency by the Northern Nigeria based Islamic sect, Boko Haram is getting more alarming by the day. The terrorist group now flexes muscles in seizing towns through the barrels of guns killing innocent people in something akin to satanic frenzy, hoisting their evil flags and declaring it their territory.
Their show of territorial power started with Damboa, after that Gwoza and the latest Gamboru-Ngala, all in Bornu state. Right now their speed and precision plays like a well-rehearsed script, but we the spectators and victims alike cannot help but feel cold jitters down our spines when give thought to how the story will end if left unchecked just the way it is going right now.
Army barracks and police colleges are scattered and sacked like some ill-arranged pack of cards in the insurgents bid for more territorial control, a sharp depart from the senseless flash attacks we were all accustomed to.
Barely 24 hours after the terrorist leader Abubakar Shekau released a video declaring Gwoza town as an ‘Islamic Caliphate’ extending their territorial advancement by attacking Gamboru-Ngala, a key border-town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
According to eye witness reports, 480 Nigerian soldiers fled into Cameroon following fierce battle with the terrorists.
As these belly churning events rages on, the matter concerning the more than a hundred Chibok school girls is still at a very nice corner staring at us all in the face.
Statement from the Defence headquarters claim the 480 soldiers earlier garrisoned at Ngala, are right now on the Cameroon side of the border, not on a retreat or on the run, but on a tactical maneuver.
Now who do we believe?
The whole thing looks and smells of putrefaction. How did we get this far? Who do we run to? Nigerian military is widely known as a force to reckon with when it comes to peace keeping in Africa, but their handling of the Boko Haram menace has been worrisome. It leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
My optimistic side sees the territorial grab by Boko Haram as a blessing in disguise. How? They are at last developing a face and a front. We now start understanding their storyline, we can now identify them, and we now know their base and territory. Their land grab may well signal the beginning of their end only if the military authorities are sincere in their campaign to rid the country of their menace as the macabre dance now acquires a more conventional tone.
My pessimistic side sees them handling it the way we are accustomed to. Evil happens on daily basis in our land, we see it, deny it at first, then admit it, express our horror and condemnation, politicians play politics with it for a while until a new and more deadly event occurs and then we let it slide to a well decorated corner of our national consciousness. We keep storing evil after evil, wickedness after wickedness, deceit after deceit until the day of our final sensory overload.