Borno Bomb Attack: Why Does Buhari Prefer To Say Bandits Instead Of Boko Haram?

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, may have been very cunning with his choice of words these days as it concerns insecurity and insurgency.

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The president most likely has deliberately chosen to avoid certain words; take for instance, “Boko Haram”, which he has avoided to mention,  and instead opts for the choice of  “bandits”.

This was again brought to bear following the recent suicide bomb attack in Borno State that claimed more than 30 lives and injured many. President Buhari clearly employed this tactic again while reacting to the terror attack.

The attack happened on Sunday, in Konduga village in Borno State, according to officials of the state emergency management agency.

There is a conflicting report about whether the blast occurred while people were watching football or a film.

Even though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, terrorist group, Boko Haram has been widely blamed for the attack, especially by international sources.

Reacting on Monday, a day after the attack, President Buhari deliberately avoided mentioning “Boko Haram” in his entire speech. while condoling the families of those affected, Buhari promised that “together we will defeat these bandits and criminals.’

“I commiserate with the families of the victims of yesterday’s Viewing Center bomb blasts in Mandarari, Konduga LGA of Borno State. My deepest condolences to all those affected.

“We will ensure that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice, and we will also continue to give our law enforcement agencies all the support and resources they require to prevent these attacks and keep our communities safe.

“In recent times we have established new Forward Operating Bases in vulnerable communities. We’re now set to launch more FOBs. We will scale up military operations while the States support with logistics and local intelligence. Together we will defeat these bandits and criminals.” Buhari said on Monday via Twitter.

If you read the above statement carefully, you would notice that the president deliberately left out words like; insurgents, insurgency, Boko Haram, Terrorists etc.

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This, however, did not start today. This pattern actually dates back to 2016, just after the president claimed his government had technically defeated Boko Haram.

Boko Haram insurgency became a very debilitating scourge on the nation during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The northeast was the epicentre, the insurgents held sway in many local government areas while seizing many territories.

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This was going to affect Jonathan who would face Buhari in the 2015 general elections. Buhari took advantage of a very “juicy” situation to rise to power. Amongst other promises, the promise to end insurgency was the loudest.

He would soon claim power from Jonathan and walk the talk.

Buhari’s assumed office in May 2015 and it wasn’t long until the administration came out to annoyance it had dealt with the insurgent group.

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President Muhammadu Buhari personally told the BBC in December 2015 that Nigeria had “technically won the war” against Islamist Boko Haram militants.

According to him, the militant group could no longer mount “conventional attacks” against security forces or population centres.

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Maybe this was a little premature from the president who was eager to impress following a bogus promise.

Since after the statement of technically defeating Boko Haram, the president started a trend of deliberately omitting words like insurgents, insurgency, Boko Haram, Terrorists and now seemed to have perfected it.

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Check out Buhari’s tweets since 2016, where he had reacted to the issue of insecurity of insurgency.

Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

I commiserate with the Government and people of Zamfara on the cold-blooded murder, by armed bandits, of 36 persons at Bindin in Maru LGA.

Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

We will work with the State Govt and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the problem of armed banditry in the state and region.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

Today the Security Chiefs briefed me on ongoing operations in various flashpoints across the country: Operations Lafiya Dole, Whirl Stroke I and II, Sharan Daji, and others. I commend all our security personnel on the frontlines, working hard to secure every part of

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

We remain committed, as an administration, to guaranteeing the security of lives and property in every part of Nigeria. I am pleased to note the progress we are making, but we will also ensure we do not relent. We will deal decisively with all forms of banditry and criminality

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

One of the resolutions from our Security Meeting today is that all our law enforcement agencies must take intelligence-gathering and sharing much more seriously. The Police and DSS especially have been charged to step up their efforts and capacity in this regard.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible Intelligence. I am assuring that we will give them all the support needed

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

As Commander-in-Chief I am extremely pleased by the gallant performance of our troops, on the various operations to which they’ve been deployed. On behalf of all Nigerians let me express how grateful we are as a nation for all that they’re doing to keep us safe and secure.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

The Air Force has taken on a more significant role in the hotspots of banditry in the North Central and North West in recent months, deploying attack aircraft to support the efforts of the Army. And we are already seeing the effects of this intensification of military operations.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

Peace and Security will be at the top of our Agenda at the ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit today in Lome, Togo. We will discuss ways of forging a decisive and lasting response to our common security challenges. Regarding security, a regional approach is just as important as a domestic one.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

In the face of the evolving security threats, in the North Central and North West, we remain determined to neutralize every form of banditry and criminality. What we will never do is abandon any part of Nigeria to terrorists and

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

I seize every available opportunity to explain to Nigerians our situation in 2015, when we came to office; where we are today; and what we have been able to do with the resources available to us. We will continue to administer the resources of Nigeria honestly and productively.

Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

The situation in the North West is a priority for us. We will bring an end to the banditry and insecurity. We are also tackling illegal mining, as well as seriously addressing the underlying issues responsible for the clashes between farmers and herders.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

I want to appeal to Nigerians that we should not politicize this tragic situation in Zamfara. How can I be indifferent to the senseless killings and kidnapping of my fellow citizens by bandits, and the deep trauma and impoverishment that these attacks inflict on them?

Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

Let me again offer our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families and loved ones. We feel your pains, and there is nothing more important to me at this time than ensuring that these bandits and criminals are completely neutralized.

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Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

Operation Sharan Daji, and the newly-launched Operation Puff Adder are focused on Zamfara, Kaduna (including the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway), Katsina, Kogi, and Niger States. These are all multi-agency Operations, bringing together the Military, Police, the DSS, and others.

Muhammadu Buhari

@MBuhari

I want to appeal to Nigerians that we should not politicize this tragic situation in Zamfara. How can I be indifferent to the senseless killings and kidnapping of my fellow citizens by bandits, and the deep trauma and impoverishment that these attacks inflict on them?

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The above statements were some of the many times the president had had to react to the killings and insurgency in the country.

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So if not to avoid contradicting himself regarding the 2015 claim of having technically defeated Boko Haram, what else would make the President deliberately omit to mention Boko Haram and rather uses Bandits to qualify insurgents.

What’s your take on this? drop your comments below.

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