If the Nigerian government took Boko Haram seriously from the onset, the group would not have turned into the threat that they are today. The government simply looked at them as a bunch of ragamuffins causing disturbances, and the Military scuffed at them and treated them as a bunch of trouble makers to be snuffed out with one swipe. Even now that the group is proving more than a mere nuisance, the government and the top military officers still do not seem to get it. Boko Haram is at war with Nigeria, and Nigeria should wage war with Boko Haram. This is war!!!
Nothing short of treating the Boko Haram invasion as war against Nigeria will root them out. The government should treat this as war, the Military should engage Boko Haram, as they do at war times.
Although Boko Haram is calling their invasion of parts of Nigeria a religious cleansing, their claims of creating Caliphates and soon, Caliphs, changes the whole parameter. If one country seizes territories in another country, they are asking for an all out war. Nigeria should realize this now, and the Military should treat it as such. President Jonathan and the Military should stop treating Boko Haram with child’s gloves, and wage war on Boko Haram.
(We will not relent.)