Nigeria is battling to counter the scourge of terrorism, which continues to threaten the country’s peace and security.
Over the weekend, the Islamist group Boko Haram was involved in yet another bloodbath, in an assault that reportedly killed 86 people. According to reports, about 20 children were burnt alive in the attack. The death toll from the recent attack could still rise.
The attack happened in Dalori village near Maiduguri, in the country’s northern Borno state.
The frequency of the attacks highlight the government’s failure in restraining Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Nigerian Air Force this week said its Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram.
“This strike is thus a major setback for the Boko Haram Sect, and a major plus for the fight against insurgency by own troops,” the statement reportedly said.
Despite the efforts by Nigeria’s military, the persistent attacks by Boko Haram continue to expose the daunting challenge the army is grappling with to defeat the militant group.
Although government authorities in Nigeria continue to give assurances that the group will be defeated, analysts point to the failure by Nigeria and its neighbours “to formulate a regionally coordinated response to the insurgency”.
The grim reality on the ground is that terrorism and extremism appears to be on the rise despite the significant gains in the fight against Boko Haram.