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Boko Haram, U.S. Donation And MNJTF

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 at 12:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Recently, the United States government made a donation of $5 million to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which is a coalition of the military forces of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroun and Niger, to help combat the Boko Haram terror group. This is the second hefty amount being given to MNJTF in its fight against the dreaded terror group. Earlier, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari had directed that the sum of $21 million be released to the MNJTF for the same purpose.  We welcome these donations, in particular, that of the U.S as they would go a long way to help in the battle against insurgency in the sub region of West Africa.  A recent report by the U.S Department of State indicated that in 2014 Boko Haram ranked first among the world’s terror groups as regards the number of fatalities. 

That is why every effort must be made to rid the sub region of this dreaded group. With more financial commitment coming from both Federal Government, and U.S, we hope that it would be channeled to the right course considering the urgent need to end the Boko Haram war.

Only recently a new Amnesty International (AI) report, among other things, suggested that corruption, both in the Nigerian military and government was one of the factors that has been setting the fight against Boko Haram insurgency back, since its emergence in 2009. Indeed there is this thinking among a school of thought that earlier donations to the Nigerian military had ended up not serving the purposes for which they were made. Concerned Nigerians had raised eyebrows over an alleged $5.8 billion that was spent in 2014 on security; yet the Nigerian military was short of requisite arms and ammunitions as well as training in the fight against the menace.

This Newspaper believes that for the Boko Haram insurgency to be stamped out, the MNJTF would need all the financial support it can get, deployed properly to motivate the military for better result. Therefore, it is crucial that the relevant authorities ensure that both the U.S donation and the Federal Government investment in the fight against insurgency be properly monitored and spent.

Undoubtedly, the fact that the US had to donate to this course suggests that the country is concerned about the innocent people being killed by the insurgents contrary to the impression in the public domain following its refusal to sell arms to the Nigerian government in its quest to crush the insurgents. Besides, this gesture underscores the fact that the scourge of insurgency is no longer a Nigerian problem but a regional one.

Certainly, with the square and round pegs in their appropriate holes, the Boko Haram menace would soon be history.