The series of sporadic attacks and killing in Northern Nigeria started by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram since 2010, seem to be out of hand pushing the country into probably another deadly civil war after that of the Biafra in the 60s.
In response to recent clashes that caused the lives of 53, President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states in North East Nigeria.
Borno, Yoke and Adamawa are the three states said to have been heavily affected by ferocious hostility between the group and the Nigerian Army.
According to the order imposing the curfew, President Goodluck said that the intensity of the fighting and resulting casualties have called for a need for extraordinary measures to be taken.
These measures could be to secure the lives of the civilian population trapped in the battle between the Nigerian Army and the militant groups.
With troops on the ground finding it hard to defeat an enemy difficult to identify, extraordinary measure could equally means sending more troops, logistics and machinery for vast and lengthy operations.
It is not known if the state of emergence means the Federal government has now officially declared war against the hardliner Boko Haram that have been rendering lives difficult for both the Abuja government and the local populations.
Boko Haram as eminent threat
Malians can at least breathe air of relief that their country is free from tyrant Islamic Jihadists, but Boko Haram must be tackled to flush out other fleeing militants, as France has withdrawn its troops.
With the Nigerian group believed to be linked with Al Qaeda, there is no way; Nigeria should be left alone to fight and win a war against these militants. Boko Haram insurgents have carried countless attacks in Northern Nigeria, kidnapped foreigners and have caused the death of about 2000 – both Christians and Muslims.
After the success of the campaign in Mali led by the French, there is severe need for another super power to take the bold step and back Nigeria.
The cost of planning another tactical campaign tailored for Nigeria would definitely and evidently going to be huge.
However, with the local people being terrorised nearly daily, and the Nigeria military struggling to overpower or curtail the insurgency that has already spilt over to Northern Cameroon there is no time to think twice.
The longer it takes to come out with an initiative for an international campaign against Boko Haram, the wilder the group would become and the more complicated it shall be to stop them overthrowing even the government in Abuja.