News / Africa

Nigeria Government Encouraged with Military Offensive Progress

Nigerian soldiers are seen on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern state of Borno in this May 13, 2013, file photo.
Nigerian soldiers are seen on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern state of Borno in this May 13, 2013, file photo.
Peter Clottey
An advisor to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan says the government is encouraged by the progress of the ongoing military offensive against the Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram.

“The majority of the various camps where the terrorists have converted into their hideouts have been heavily bombarded, both by air and on land.  And I’m just receiving a report that about 55 persons apart from [at least] 20 people were killed yesterday and another 55 people were apprehended yesterday in their attempt to flee from the various camps,” said advisor Doyin Okupe. "The progress is quite encouraging and we believe that if things go on like this, we should be singing hallelujah shortly.”

Okupe, Jonathan’s senior special assistant on public affairs says the objective of the military offensive is to end the Boko Haram insurgency to save life and property.

“That’s the mandate that the president gave to the military and security forces that they must do everything within their power, within the rule of law and reasonable engagement policies that are acceptable to the international community to ensure that this menace is ended as quickly as possible and still obeying the rule of engagement,” he said.

But some human rights groups have accused the military of using excessive force, which they said have led to gross human rights violations. Human Rights Watch says Boko Haram-related violence has killed an estimated 3,000 people since 2009, a toll that includes killings by security forces.  Okupe says the military is not to blame for the security crisis.

“Many of these things that have been publicized in the past have been directly aimed at tarnishing the image of the military,” continued Okupe. "There are local interests within those areas who are sympathetic to the cause of the Boko Haram, but who are also very influential. And they have done all this propaganda to find a way to remove the military from this front and to allow Boko Haram to thrive.”

Okupe also rejected criticisms the administration has declared war on the country’s north following the deployment of troops to deal with Boko Haram.

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has accused President Jonathan of declaring war on some states in the country’s north.  Last week Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northern states following an upsurge in violence carried out by Boko Haram.

“There is no reason why President Jonathan will declare war on any part of this country.  If there is anything that has been declared it is a war against the insurgents the rebels and the terrorists that have engaged in mindless killings of Nigerians, bombings of religious places of worship and institutions and killings of security agents,” said Okupe.

Okupe says the government will continue to accommodate various views across the country by engaging in dialogue as part of an effort to resolve the country’s security challenges.
Clottey interview with Dr. Doyin Okupe, Special presidential adviser
Clottey interview with Dr. Doyin Okupe, Special presidential adviseri
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: onita philip from: nigeria
May 20, 2013 6:03 PM
If nigeria Boko haram continue it voilent as the north struggle.it means nigeria will be separated.


by: ucheharpers
May 19, 2013 5:55 PM
the ridiculous picture you have there are not Nigerian soldiers please...search google image for Nigerian soldiers. Am sure those are American soldiers

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid