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In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

Emir Sanusi doubts Nigerian military’s capability to fight Boko Haram

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II has questioned the capability of the Nigerian military to confront the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Emir Sanusi, one of the foremost Muslim monarchs and clerics in northern Nigeria, voiced support for the vigilantes popularly called the civilian JTF in the fight against Boko Haram. The Emir urged others to form civilian militias to confront insurgency head on.

The Emir made the comments during Friday prayers (14 Nov) at the central mosque in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and also the capital of Kano state.

People should be sensitised on the importance of being on the alert. And they should prepare, they should acquire what they will defend themselves with . . . those that are endowed as hunters and vigilantes should apply this endowment given to them by Allah as an avenue of earning divine reward in defending their nation . . . We should not wait for soldiers to come, before they come the carnage will have been done,” Sanusi told the congregation. “Some of them drop their guns and flee

– Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano.

The Nigeria’s military has been cooperating with various vigilante forces in the northeast for more than a year, often relying on civilians to do the bulk of the fighting against the insurgents. Recently, the Inspector General of Police said that the Nigerian Police will soon commence the registration of members of the civilian JTF, signaling tacit approval and the official recognition of the vigilantes by the Nigerian government.

The civilian JTF have been confronting the insurgents, inflicting heavy losses on them even as the Nigerian military continue to lose ground to the insurgents in the northeast. Witnesses said it was vigilantes who recaptured the symbolically important northeast town of Chibok from Boko Haram at the weekend, with troops staying clear of the heavy fighting. Chibok is the small town where the Boko Haram had abducted 276 schoolgirls about 6 months ago drawing international outrage.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly been accused of leaving civilians defenceless against Boko Haram attacks and failing to respond to distress calls made in advance of raids.

NE News24

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