The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the headquarters of the Nigerian Army have been quiet after media claims that ISIS and al-Qaeda groups are preparing to penetrate Southern Nigeria and spread in West Africa.
Likewise, there has been a rapid lack of voice from the Presidential Aides, who are known for their swift reactions to national issues.
In a virtual media briefing by Dagvin Anderson, Commander of the US Special Operations Command, Africa, who said Al-Qaeda is now spreading to other areas of West Africa, the alert of terrorist groups’ penetration was reported.
“We have engaged and continue to engage with Nigeria in academic communication and knowing what these militant extremists are doing, according to Anderson.
“And it was completely crucial to their efforts in the state of Borno and in an developing region of northwest Nigeria that we see Al-Qaeda trying to make some inroads into.
“So, this exchange of information is completely crucial and we remain thoroughly engaged with the Nigerian government to give them an idea of what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing, what ISIS-West Africa is doing, and how ISIS and al-Qaeda are trying to spread further south into the coastal regions.
“Anderson regretted that there has been a backlash against the achievements reported in previous years , adding:
“As a group of foreign nations, we like to believe that we have overcome them or put them on their backs and that they are moments of disintegration,”
Anderson said the government would take the lead for foreign attempts to achieve desirable outcomes in Nigeria’s war against terrorism.
“Nigeria, clearly, is a vital nation to West Africa when it comes to Nigeria in general. It’s a vital country, and we know a lynchpin is Nigeria, “he said.
Recall, it took the president about a month before addressing the nation following the index case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria. This was done after a lot of pressure from the people.
The Nigerian Military official blogs, social media accounts, were also empty of any comment regarding the terrorist groups’ most recent declaration about the possible invasion about Southern Nigeria.
Earlier in June, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants in machine-gun vehicles targeted a military base in Auno, a village 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno, killing six soldiers.
ISWAP is a Boko Haram group which claims to be aligned with ISIS.