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Former senior military officers have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to declare total war on Boko Haram.
The retired senior officers, including a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCHin seperate interviews, insisted that there was the need for the Federal Government to cut off food and fuel supplies to the insurgents to weaken their strength. They said government should engage the sect head-on to end the insurgency by the group .
To prosecute the war, they also advised the Federal Government to consider other alternatives to the United States on arms procurement.
Although President Jonathan had, in his nationwide Democracy Day broadcast in Abuja on May 29, 2014, directed the armed forces to launch a full-scale military operation against Boko Haram, the Generals expressed the belief that the war against the insurgents was not full-scale yet.
To clarify what total war implies, a retired Colonel in the Nigerian Army, Paul Ogbebor, told SUNDAY PUNCHit was distinct from other types of war.
He said, “There are many types of war. We have insurgency and the operational mode is internal security operations; that is what we have been doing. There is the guerrilla warfare, which the terrorists are using; they hit and melt away.
The meeting of the Senate Committee on Defence and Army and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt- Gen Kenneth Minimah yesterday almost degenerated into shouting match over the worsening spate of Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
(Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed six people, including three policemen, in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Friday, a police spokesman told Reuters by telephone.
"Yes, three policemen and three civilians were killed by a suicide bomber in a Toyota this evening at Hotoro, Kano metropolis," said Magaji Musa, spokesman for Kano State police command. Five other people were injured.
Kano has been the target of several bombings by Boko Haram militants in their five-year-old campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria's north.
BEVERLY HILLS, November 12, (THEWILL) – Gallant local hunters in the Mahia area of Adamawa State, Tuesday, laid ambush for a group of Boko Haram insurgents, who had occupied their town Monday, killing 80 of the insurgents and recaptured their town earlier occupied by the terrorists.
Local sources disclosed to THEWILL that the local hunters who were apparently angered at Monday’s attack on their town decided to mobilise their members from neighbouring towns and engaged the rampaging Boko Haram gunmen in a fierce battle.
One of the gallant local hunters said: “We fought gallantly, killed 80 members of the insurgents and recaptured Mahia Local Government headquarters from their control,” as he maintained that they would have sent the insurgents packing from all the captured areas if given the chance by the military.
NIGERIA has expressed dissatisfaction with the United States (U.S.) over its refusal to help it procure military weapons to strengthen combat against the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, stating that the American Government let the nation down at its hour of need.
Speaking yesterday while receiving a delegation of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, Nigeria’s Ambassador to that country, Prof. Ade Adefuye, said that both the Nigerian people and government feel abandoned by America.
“I am sad to inform you that the Nigerian leadership - military and political, and even the general populace - are not satisfied with the scope, nature and content of the United States’ support to us in our struggle against terrorists,” he said.
Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- At least 47 people were killed and 79 were wounded Monday by a suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria, police said.
The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum, police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said.
"We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack," Ojukwu said.
The explosion took place at 7:50 a.m. local time outside the principal's office, where students had gathered for a daily speech.
"We were waiting for our teachers to come and address us at the assembly ground when we heard a huge explosion," student Adamu Ibrahim said.
It was not immediately clear how many of the casualties were students.
The Boko Haram sect on Sunday released a new video which showed the insurgents parading an unnamed captured own on an armoured tank.
The Boko Haram video, obtained by the AFP, also showed the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau preaching to residents of the captured town.
It was not possible to tell whether the footage was staged for propaganda purposes, especially scenes of residents cheering Islamist fighters.
The message appeared to be aimed at reinforcing Shekau’s claim that he has created a caliphate within Nigeria.
In the 44-minute video, AFP reports that Boko Haram voices support for other so-called caliphates, including the one proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State (IS) group.
More than six months have passed since the Boko Haram extremist group seized the world’s attention by kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. After a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign went viral on social media, the United States, France, Britain and Israel joined an international effort to locate the girls. That effort has been fruitless. Fifty-seven of the girls have escaped, but 219 remain captive. In recent months, Boko Haram has stepped up its efforts, kidnapping young women and teenagers from the places where they should be safest: their homes and schools. On Oct. 18, the day after the Nigerian military announced that it had reached a cease-fire agreement with the group, Boko Haram went on a house-to-house search for young women in two Nigerian towns, taking 60. Last weekend, Boko Haram kidnapped 30 teenagers, including girls as young as 11 years old.
A horrible fate awaits the abducted, as documented by Human Rights Watch in a report published this week. Boko Haram singles out mostly Christians, threatening them with death if they do not convert to Islam, and forcing teenagers into “marriages” with Boko Haram fighters. The captives are treated as slaves, and they are raped, beaten and tortured.