Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai

Sometime in December last year, Boko Haram terrorists ambushed a convoy of Nigerian troops on Maiduguri-Damboa Highway on a certain Sunday, killing at least 10 soldiers. According to reports, the terrorists had planted mines on the highways on the fringes of Sambisa Forest, killing 10 soldiers and wounding others.

Such attacks on the Nigerian military by the sect members are becoming an everyday affair as they now take the battle to military bases, abducting and killing Nigerian soldiers. This is not good news.

The time for the Nigerian military to wake up from their slumber is now. More than enough damage has been done to both the psyche of the soldiers and the image of the country. Government should stop self-adulation over ‘technical defeat’ of the terrorist group and address what the real challenge is.