ICC Note: The Nigerian Army’s leader stated recently that it is taking longer than they were hoping to finally wipe out Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria due to a couple different factors. One of these factors is that the area Boko Haram is based in, northeastern Nigeria, is very large so they are spread out over an expansive area. This area also has difficult, thick terrain, making it hard for the Army to move their heavy equipment across the land. Boko Haram has plagued northeastern Nigeria since their insurgency in 2009. They are responsible for killing thousands of Nigerians, destroying homes and lands, and abducting women and girls; they are known to target Christians in their violence in line with their jihadist mission of establishing an Islamic caliphate.
08/10/2016, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, says there are still remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North East due to the vast nature of the region.
The chief of army staff stated this in a lecture to participants of Executive Course 38 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), in Kuru, Plateau on Tuesday.
“They still exist in the region, especially Borno, as the area is diverse and some cannot be easily accessed.
“The land is so vast, the North East is very, very vast; you never appreciate it until you fly over that area or even drive around.