This sus­pi­cion, which has al­ready grown into a con­vic­tion across the re­gion, is fur­ther sup­ported by the wave of in­dis­crim­i­nate killings par­tic­u­larly in the north­east where or­di­nary people are be­ing cru­elly killed, mer­ci­lessly maimed and dis­placed

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con­trary to con­spir­acy the­o­rists, did and do still ex­ist and ac­tu­ally en­gage in in­dis­crim­i­nate killings of people, which they un­re­morse­fully and boast­fully ad­mit, other so-called uniden­ti­fied armed groups who dis­guise as Boko Haram ter­ror­ists are also ac­tively en­gaged in killings, maim­ing and dis­place­ment of in­no­cent people.

Also while the real Boko Haram ter­ror­ists in­sist and are ac­tu­ally hell-bent on achiev­ing their stated though un­jus­ti­fi­able and in­deed un­re­al­is­tic goals, there is a mys­te­ri­ous am­bi­gu­ity sur­round­ing the real iden­ti­ties of such so-called uniden­ti­fied mur­der­ers, the vested in­ter­ests spon­sor­ing them and also what they ex­actly want to achieve.

More­over, while ter­ror gangs in other coun­tries op­er­ate cow­ardly and adopt guer­rilla war­fare tac­tics, the pat­tern of both Boko Haram ter­ror­ists and other ter­ror gangs’ op­er­a­tions in Nigeria is char­ac­ter­ized by dar­ing au­dac­ity that shows the ex­tent of dis­dain they have for Nige­rian army and other govern­ment’s se­cu­rity agents.

For in­stance, the al­most 24-minute long video clip posted ridicu­lous blame game be­tween the in­cum­bents and the op­po­si­tion and empty ar­gu­ments among opin­ion lead­ers many of whom iron­i­cally pro­mote prej­u­dice and big­otry among people.

Con­se­quently, while sim­i­lar crises else­where are mil­i­tar­ily crushed, peace­fully re­solved or at least man­age­ably con­tained, the sit­u­a­tion wors­ens at an alarm­ing rate in Nigeria. The in­ten­sity and rate of ter­ror at­tacks con­tinue to grow be­yond the north­east re­gion, and are also ap­par­ently creep­ing into north­west where mas­sacres in Zam­fara and Katsina states were com­mit­ted over the past few months.

These and the steady emer­gence of more war­zones and flash­points across sev­eral states in the re­gion warn of a loom­ing an­ar­chy in the whole re­gion and the coun­try at large, if care is not taken.

Nigeria is ob­vi­ously run­ning out of time, and its lead­ers must put aside their po­lit­i­cal and other dif­fer­ence, act re­spon­si­bly and de­ci­sively in or­der to ar­rest this fast de­te­ri­o­rat­ing sit­u­a­tion be­fore it’s too late.

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