Boko Haram have resulted to very crude tactics of survival since multinational joint forces started conducting the operations that have seen the recapture of Boko Haram’s strong holds forcing them to flee.
In their desperate attempts to survive, they are using civilians as human shields to escape the forces. Over 300 people have been reported missing and are said to be used by the militants to help evade direct attack on them.
The most recent was witnessed when the militias rushed into a school they had previously occupied and only released a few women and children. They failed to release those they had ‘married’ in the time they held control of the town.
It is a very crucial time for Nigeria with the general elections on Saturday and the looming threat of violent disruption threat from the Militia. It is estimated that 10,000 people were killed by Boko Haram last year alone in their bid to create an Islamic state.
The insurgency that is approximately 6 years old has forced over 192,000 people to flee to the neighboring countries like Chad, Niger and Cameroon and threatening their stability.
The fight against them is however is far from over and with the regional intervention this could see the fall or decapitating of the group with a price on the leader by the Chadian President it could be sooner rather than later.