Ryan Cum­mings

Lesotho Times - - Opinion -

sur­gency ini­tia­tives. Th­ese in­cluded ar­bi­trary ar­rests, en­forced dis­ap­pear­ances, tor­ture and the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings of thou­sands of Boko Haram sus­pects, ac­cord­ing to the Amnesty re­port.

Al­though both the Nige­rian pres­i­dency and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship promised to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese claims, it re­mains un­clear as to whether an steps have been made to­ward the in­quiry.

If the clams are true, then such ac­tions may see the army not only lose the hearts and minds of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, which are es­sen­tial to any suc­cess­ful counter-in­sur­gency co­op­er­a­tion, but also aid Boko Haram in its rad­i­cal­iza­tion and re­cruit­ment process.

The ar­rest of a for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser has also high­lighted how cor­rup­tion has al­legedly in­flu­enced Nige­ria’s re­sponse to Boko Haram. Sambo Da­suki has been charged with em­bez­zling mil­i­tary funds ear­marked for the fight against Boko Haram at a time when Nige­rian sol­diers com­plained about lack of am­mu­ni­tion, fuel and even food while de­ployed in the field of bat­tle. Da­suki has de­nied the cor­rup­tion charges. He re­mains in cus­tody.

Al­though the ar­rest of Da­suki and

Nige­ria’s pres­i­dent vowed that Boko Haram would be beaten by the end of 2015.

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