(NIGERIA MOMENT). Abuja –
When it comes to going after Boko Haram Islamist terrorist, that has terrorized the Northern Eastern part of Nigeria, the outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan isn’t acting like a lame duck.
In a report written by Perry Chiaramonte abd published on FOXNEWS.com, it says that: “In recent weeks, government forces have taken the fight to the terrorist army, rescuing hundreds of women and girls held captive in Boko Haram’s forest stronghold in Borno state. Amid the cheers for Jonathan, who lost his bid for re-election to Muhammadu Buhari on March 31, some critics are wondering what took so long. As welcome as the new offensive is, some say it reeks of last-minute legacy gilding.”
“Boko Haram is the big blemish on Jonathan’s legacy, so it’s understandable that he’d want to crack down and score some successes on his way out to improve his record,” Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst with the Clarion Project, told FoxNews.com.
“In the last year, Boko Haram has abducted an estimated 2,000 mostly Christian women and young girls, selling some into sexual slavery and killing others. In the past week alone, the Nigerian military, along with coalition forces from neighboring countries Chad and Cameroon, has advanced on Boko Haram strongholds and rescued nearly 700 of the captives. According to reports, more than 200 of the rescued women were pregnant”, the report continues.
“What the government forces have found as they fought their way deep into the Sambisa forest where Boko Haram is based, is a force that could have been reckoned with long ago. Some captured militants even said they lacked guns and ammunition, and were often reduced to fighting with sticks. The recent offensive, as well as the tragic plight of women held in horrendous conditions for months, has left some in the international community wondering why these actions couldn’t have been taken sooner”, the FOXNEWS report added.
“It was just over a year ago when Boko Haram garnered international infamy after kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in the Borno State town of Chibok. International condemnation, social media campaigns demanding the victims’ safe return and tepid advances by Jonathan’s forces proved powerless to stop the rampaging terrorist army. The issue undoubtedly contributed to Jonathan’s loss to Buhari, who takes office May 29.
“Just before the election, we met with some members of the [Nigerian] military and they had told us how the president had not given them a single order to go and rescue the Chibok girls,” Pastor Laolu Akande, of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), recently told FoxNews.com. “President [Jonathan] was never really committed until the election was at stake.”