Chibok residents carry placards to protest the abduction of the missing schoolgirls, on May 9, 2014 in Maiduguri.(AFP PHOTO/STR)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Two decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa.A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces have damaged Nigeria's armed services, while in Boko Haram they face an increasingly well-armed, determined foe, one that abducted more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, nearly a month ago. The military still appears to have no idea exactly where they are, but denies it lacks the capacity to get them back. Perhaps as few as 25,000 service-ready troops face an insurgency over a wide area in the northeast, communal violence across north and central Nigeria and rampant oil theft in the south, as well as commitments to peacekeeping missions, one security source says.On Feb. 12 dozens of fighters loyal to Boko Haram attacked a remote military outpost in the Gwoza hills.Boko Haram's fighters had little cover and were easily picked off – 50 of them died against nine Nigerian troops – but they still managed to make off with the base's entire armory stockpile of 200 mortar bombs, 50 rocket-propelled grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, the source said. Ethnic and religious divisions within the military have also bred some collusion with Boko Haram, sources say.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE