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Why The killing of ISWAP Leader, Al-Barnawi May Help To End Insurgency In Northeast

The federal government of Nigeria has not rested on its efforts to end the activities of Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, which have rendered many people homeless and claimed many lives in the Northeast and other parts of the country. 

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The federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has taken several measures to end the menace of insurgency.

Recall that the Buhari-led administration introduced the non-kinetic approach in the war against insurgency following the launch of Operation Safe Corridor in 2016.

The federal government has also sustained the kinetic approach which was used by the previous administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The kinetic approach is the use of lethal weapons in the fight against terrorist groups. 

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These two approaches currently used by the present government have made many Boko Haram and ISWAP members surrender themselves and their families to the Nigerian Army. 

Notorious leaders of the terrorist groups who refused to submit themselves to the Army have also been killed by the Army.

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A report by Daily Trust showed that the infamous leader of ISWAP, Al-Barnawi, who took over the control of ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorist groups after the death of Abubakar Shekau, has now been killed.

According to the report, the death of Al-Barnawi is a turning point in the war against terrorism in Nigeria as many of the terrorist camps have now been dislodged. 

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The report explained that Al-Barnawi who is now dead was the one that led the destruction of military camps in Monguno, Dikwa, Abadam, and Marte in Borno State amongst several others.

Recall that until his death, Al-Barnawi was trained by ISIS and became the major problem of the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency in the northeast and Lake Chad. 

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This is coming few months after the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, was killed in the Northeast. The death of Al-Barnawi may likely disorganize the group who rely heavily on him for logistics and take directives from him.

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If the Nigerian Army can sustain the offensive campaigns against the insurgent groups now that their leaders have been killed, the activities of the insurgent groups in the northeast will be brought to an end.


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