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Chibok Girls: Nigerian military on course

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian military has been widely acknowledged as having exhibited a high sense of professionalism in the fight against insurgency in…

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian military has been widely acknowledged as having exhibited a high sense of professionalism in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
The military has been reorganized and they have substantially degraded the ability of Boko Haram to attack communities and occupy territories.
On the Chibok girls, it is a well-known fact that the President Buhari administration is focused on rescuing them safely. He has provided necessary incentives to enable the military accomplish the task and these efforts are still on-going. Furthermore, the Nigerian military is making efforts to rescue not only the Chibok girls, but all Boko Haram hostages, Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike.
Suffice it to say that the military’s determined efforts have led to the successful rescue of over 20,000 hostages including men, women and children who have been in Boko Haram’s captivity.
It is therefore unbelievable that despite these concerted efforts, some groups and individuals continue to base the success of the military in the insurgency fight on the non-release of the Chibok girls. Already the point has been made that the military is not relenting on successfully rescuing the unfortunate Chibok girls.
The Buhari administration has also shown empathy and concern for the plight of the abducted girls. On several occasions, the President has met with the parents of the girls as well as other stakeholders with a view to fashioning out ways and means to safely rescue the girls.
We must realize that the military is making great sacrifice for the security of the country and all they require is cooperation of all, including the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG).
Therefore, as the military continues to stabilize the North East region for an enduring peace, it is important that we eschew mischief and politics in our quest to rescue the Chibok girls. It will be foolhardy for the military to allow some irresponsible groups or individuals to undermine national security under the guise of campaigning for the release of Chibok girls.
We must admit that the Nigerian military has exhibited a high level of competence and ability in the war against insurgency but that does not entail meeting with Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners. First they are not answerable to BBOG and their mode of operations does not leave room for such interaction.
Is it not surprising that some people are criticizing the military for declaring three Nigerians wanted on matters related to the whereabouts of the Chibok girls, without even knowing the amount of credible intelligence at their disposal. Obviously such unwarranted intrusion into the activities of the military will do more harm than good. As an institution it is meant to operate within prescribed norms and code of conduct and any deviation usually attracts commensurate reprimand and punishment.
It is high treason for any state official to leak military secret, as it is capable of attracting severe punishment. Suffice it to say that an American President was once jailed for disclosing military secret, while a former CIA director was placed under probation for leaking military secret.
In conclusion, it needs to be restated that the armed forces are well grounded organisations that are not disposed to using propaganda in carrying out its operations, and neither do they engage in frivolities.
These are all in consonance with their professional calling and rules of engagement.

Chukwudi Enekwechi, Abuja.

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