NIGERIA: The Fight Against Boko Haram Takes a New Twist.


Nigeria’s Military Command Centre has moved from Abuja to the country’s northeastern largest city and capital of Borno state – Maiduguri.

Following arrangements between President Muhammad Buhari and Nigerian Army authorities, the move is reported to have taken effect today Tuesday June 9th.

The Military Command and Control Center for Operation Zaman Lafiya, will harmonize the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

“From now on the fight against terrorism and the Boko Haram  insurgence will be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre.” Nigeria’s military spokesperson Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman confirmed.

The Military command team is led by a two star general who is already mobilizing efforts under the command and control centre. This action calls to mind the promise by President Muhammad Buhari during his inaugural speech last May to move the centre.

The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”

The Boko Haram Insurgence has since its operations early this year made attempts to set up a caliphate. It is reported to have occupied large portion of northeastern Nigeria, but pushed back with the joint effort of the Nigerian army together with its military counterparts from Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The news is greeted as a bold step, drawing the military closer to the place of battle. The people of Nigeria are expecting much from their newly elected president as far as the eradication of the Islamic sect is concerned.

According to The Reuters Magazine this group has killed about 1.5 million people in Africa’s most populous state, in an attempt to establish an Islamic emirate.