Nigerian military unable to hold territories recovered – US

The US Department of State has said the Nigerian military has been unable to hold on to territories regained by the multinational joint task force (MNJTF).

In its 2016 report on terrorism, released this week, the US said, “Nigeria continued to work with other Boko Haram-affected neighbours in the multi-national joint task force (MNJTF) that facilitated collaboration and coordination on counter-Boko Haram efforts,” the report read.

“Despite gains made by the MNJTF, much of its reported progress was merely duplication of failed efforts carried over from the end of the last dry/fighting season.

“The Nigerian military was unable to hold and rebuild civilian structures and institutions in those areas it had cleared. Most of the remaining students abducted by BH in Chibok remained in captivity, although one girl was found in Borno, and the government of Nigeria successfully negotiated the release of 21 of the kidnapping victims.”

The report also highlighted the shut down of ISIS West Africa.

“In the Lake Chad Basin, military gains by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and its member states against both Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa, a Boko Haram off-shoot that emerged in 2016, helped drive down terrorist attacks and fatalities in Nigeria and elsewhere in the in the Lake Chad Basin region over much of the year,” the report read.

“In the Lake Chad Basin, the MNJTF contributed to an overall reduction in terrorist attacks and fatalities, although national forces within the group had difficulty holding cleared areas and rebuilding civilian institutions, especially in Nigeria.”

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