The United States under the leadership of President Donald Trump is strongly considering a military action against terror groups in Nigeria. This came after several considerations after designating Nigeria as a country of concern in terms of religious freedom and unabated violence which has both religious and ethnic cleansing colouration. And the cold attitude of the Buhari’s government in dealing decisively with these terror groups.
A very reliable source close to The Republican News within an important office in the United States hinted on a plausible consideration for military action against all terrorists groups in Northern Nigeria.
The information is very reliable and the debate that just took place in the US Congress about insecurity caused by these Northern Nigeria based terror groups, namely, Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Fulani bandits and splinter group of Boko Haram known as ISWAP, further buttressed the hint on possible military action in Nigeria.
The link below is the US Congress debate on insecurity in Nigeria and the impact of such on West Africa and the continental Africa and the rest of the world di to her large demography. They discussed also the need for the United States to do something before it is too late.
Trump administration has earlier designated Nigeria as a country of particular concern, CPC, for religious freedom. This is the first time Nigeria is being added to the list which paves way for potential sanctions if the country does not improve its record. But the administration is now going further to discuss possible military action due to few reasons that are of great concern to them.
Like US foreign Secretary, Pompeo said recently, “No country or entity should be allowed to persecute people with impunity because of their beliefs. These annual designations show that when religious freedom is attacked, we will act.”
Some of the reasons of concern is the inability of Buhari’s administration to bring any members of these terrorist groups to book after series of heinous crimes against humanity. So, the Trump administration believes that there is some element of complicity and some degree of approval of these crimes by the government.
Another concern, which was buttressed by the debate by United States Congress is the possibility or danger of full-blown civil conflict, which judging by the demographic capacity of Nigeria, would cause huge human catastrophe that would overwhelm, west Africa and the entire continent. So, they are very worried of the impact of refugees influx that not only would overwhelm Africa, would touch on Europe and the United States for obvious reasons.
Further on their concern is the danger of the newly formed splinter group from Boko Haram terrorists, which has allegiance to ISIS and known as ISWAP. Islamic State West African Province, ISWAP poses serious threat in that they are very capable of exporting their terror to the United States and its allies. So, this is of serious concern to the administration of Trump.
It is not known at the time of this report, the nature of this possible military action and how long it would last. Another fact is would this administration military action be considered by Joe Biden administration if he is finally considered the winner of the last election? Could we see the United States military stay too longer to completely deal with all the terror groups in Northern Nigeria or would it be a swift military action to downgrade their capacity to attack? Either way, many Nigerians especially those civilians in the North, would welcome such action.