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October 16, 2014

By Jude Obuseh

As the violent insurgency of Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in Nigeria’s North-Eastern region, the question of their true intentions becomes increasingly vital. The relentless attacks and territorial gains have escalated the crisis, raising concerns about the group’s objectives and the potential consequences for Nigeria’s stability.

Recent developments have brought a new dimension to Boko Haram’s campaign. Rather than engaging in hit-and-run guerrilla tactics, they now assert their determination to establish an Islamic State and enforce Sharia Law across the entire North-East. The capture of strategic towns like Bama has fueled fears that even Maiduguri, the state capital, could be the next target.

Boko Haram’s transformation from a rag-tag movement to a formidable military force is alarming. The group’s reported ties to ISIS in Iraq and Syria have given them access to tactical advice and possibly more sophisticated weaponry. The Nigerian military has struggled to contain the insurgents, leading to concerns about desertions, equipment malfunction, and low morale within the armed forces.

The annexation of Nigerian territory by Boko Haram is a severe security threat to the country and its neighbors. If left unchecked, this crisis could invite further violence from other disenchanted groups across Nigeria, leading to potential partitioning and destabilization of the nation.

Boko Haram’s ultimate goal seems clear: the establishment of a separate Islamic state governed strictly by Sharia Law. This goes beyond mere insurgency and constitutes a direct challenge to the legitimacy and existence of the Nigerian state as it is currently constituted.

To avert disaster, swift and decisive action is imperative. The authorities, in conjunction with strategic partners, must urgently address the crisis before it spirals further out of control. De-escalation efforts should be prioritized, and all possible means to restore stability must be embraced.

The Nigerian government must rise to the occasion and act promptly to prevent the potential fragmentation of the nation. The current situation represents the most significant security threat Nigeria has faced, and a failure to address it promptly could lead to dire consequences for the country’s future.

In conclusion, the urgent task at hand is to understand Boko Haram’s true intentions and act swiftly to counter their advances. The unity and security of Nigeria hang in the balance, making it crucial for authorities to confront the threat with determination and foresight. Time is of the essence, and decisive action is needed to save Nigeria from the brink of disaster.

Jude Obuseh

Founder/Executive Director, CPPBI