Ace Nigerian Journalist, Babajide Kolade Otitoju, has explained why the attempted unity between ISWAP and Boko Haram failed to happen. Babajide spoke about the recent reprisal attacks between the two terrorist groups during his interview on TVC News.
Terrorism is a vital challenge facing security in the country. So far, there have been reports of terrorist groups carrying out killings and launching attacks on communities and security facilities in the Northern part of the country. Boko Haram members had reportedly killed 24 ISWAP fighters during an attack. However, ISWAP recently reacted to the attack by eliminating 87 Boko Haram fighters during a reprisal attack on the camp of the Boko Haram group led by Ameer Bakoura Buduma.
Speaking concerning the latest activities of ISWAP and Boko Haram, Babajide said, "There was an attempt to merge the two terrorist groups. They even announced their unity in a video, but it did not work for various reasons. The commanders in Abubakar Shekau's group got into ISWAP, but they got demoted to the position of ordinary fighters. Many of such people felt they were being treated badly. They could either revolt or surrender to the security forces. Many of those surrendering are those reluctant to embrace ISWAP and fight with them."
Explaining further, Babajide said, "To avenge Shekau's death, Bakoura had previously led an attack by Boko Haram on ISWAP, and the attack led to the death of Abu Musab al-Barnawi (ISWAP leader). There has since been serious competition for power within ISWAP, following the death of al-Barnawi."
Click here to watch the interview.
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