A non-public military contractor, Eeben Barlow, has offered a fresh perception as to why the battle towards Boko Haram stillpersists nearly 5 years after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in 2015.
He stated that the rampaging Boko Haram terrorists are still on the prowl and launching lethal assaults on harmlesscivilians and cities within the North East due to foreign interests.
Barlow who was responding to series of questions Aljazeera correspondent also noted that the US trulysponsored Buhari’s campaign, noting that the 2015 campaign manager for PMB is from US.
The South African contractor noted that Buhari stopped then President Goodluck Jonathan’s counter-insurgency operation, which concerned foreign militarycontractors, because that was what the US needed.
He stated that the security outfit had efficiently liberated and recaptured again a number of cities in Borno State from insurgents, prior to the inauguration of Buhari as President.
Under Jonathan, Nigerian troops with international technical help recovered citiesand villages from Boko Haram terrorists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
The included; Abadam, Askira, Baga, Bama, Bara, Buni Yadi, Damboa, Dikwa, Gamboru-Ngala, Goniri, Gujba, Gulag, Gulani, Gwoza, Hong, Kala Balge, Konduga, Kukawa, Marte, Madagali, Michika, Monguno, Mubi, and Vimtim, amongst others.
The special operation also recorded an enormous invasion of Sambisa Forest where234 abductees, together with girls and children, were rescued on April 30, 2015.
Based on Barlow, who is the Chairman of Specialised Tasks Training Equipment and Protection International, a foreign privateArmy, the very first thing Buhari did was to terminate their military agreement in a bid to gratify the United States of America.
“The administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan noticed the conflicttowards insurgency, and particularly the contract with our personal Military has a veritable device to regain recognitionamong the many lots.
The administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan saw the war against insurgency, and especially the contract with our private Army has a veritable tool to regain popularity among the masses.
“But the then incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, was heavily supported by the US, and one of his first mission as President after May 2015, was to terminate their contract,” he said.
Asked why he thinks the US will intervene to abort their operation which was yielding success, Barlow, who is the author of “Composite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Force Operations in Africa”, explained: “I am not saying the US is a bad country. I also understand their foreign interests.
“But one would have thought that with the threat Boko Haram posed to Nigeria’s territorial integrity, they should be a priority for any country desirous of helping Nigeria eliminate them.”
He maintained that foreign forces have onlyextended, relatively than finish violent conflicts in most African States.