According to a report by Peoples Gazette, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday issued a statement purporting collusion between some elements in the media and armed bandits seeking to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s FEC forts to contain acute insecurity. This is coming as the Air Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet responded to The Wall Street Journal article that an Air Force personnel had delivered an N20 million ransom to bandits in Katsina forest to buy back an anti-aircraft truck that bandits could use to bring down the president’s aircraft.
This is not good for the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. Each time the Nigerian military begins making significant gains, Nigeria comes under a barrage of attacks. Now we have the Wall Street Journal, a business/stock brokerage-focused entity chiming into Nigeria's war on terror. It doesn't get stranger than this.
But the recorded gains by the military are there to verify. With the timely arrival of state of an art weapons systems, over 15,000 insurgents were forced to surrender. The world's deadliest terrorist group reduced to the level of criminality. By and large, progress has been made. None of this matters. When terrorists have their back against the wall, what do they do? They go after soft targets. Targets that are impossible to protect 24/7.
With each cowardly attack, some outlets take over, tacitly incentivizing the abduction of civilians because of the rave reviews that follow. If this continues the insurgents will become Nigeria's very own FARC, locked in a bitter war of attrition for 20, 30 even 50 years, spurred on Nigerians and the outlets who cheer when the military suffers setbacks. And for those playing cheerleader for terrorists and demoralizing our troops, it's all fun and games until the bulwark that has spared us the horrors of war for over a decade breaks.
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