Ibrahim A.A, a native of Maiduguri, in the state of Borno, asked service chiefs to help their people, Nigeria and humanity in general, expelling terrorist remains from Boko Haram as they did in the past.
Ibrahim delivered this accusation in a poignant letter to the country's security architecture chiefs on Tuesday.
The Maiduguri native recalled the genesis of the Boko Haram insurgency, its transition to a national and then a regional crisis and how President Muhammadu Buhari's elections in 2015 ushered in a new phase.
According to Ibrahim, the appointment of the Heads of Service particularly triggered the turnaround.
Among others, he recalled how the troops repelled the terrorists' attempts to take Maiduguri with superior firepower.
He recalled how the military killed many of the Islamic radicals and pushed them further to the shores of Lake Chad.
Ibrahim, who is an entrepreneur, acknowledged that "many of us have returned to our work and business and we no longer need to look over our shoulders before taking a single step".
However, after the recent attack on the Zowo community under Gubio's local government, Ibrahim urged military chiefs to restore their cruelty.
He therefore exhorted them to sustain the moment that he said "restored our hope and did not allow evil to triumph over us".
Read the full letter below:
Dear Heads of Service,
I believe that a little introduction from me would be enough in light of what I am going to tell you.
I have lived in Maiduguri, the capital of the state of Borno all my life. Since the Boko Haram problem began in 2009, with a common confrontation with the police over the use of helmets, I have not stayed out of Borno state for more than two weeks.
The longest period that I was out of the state for more than 10 years when the crisis broke out was for just over a week, when I went to attend my brother's children’s wedding in Abuja and decided to extend my stay to catch up on several occasions. problems with my older brother.
Before the crisis, I lived in the state of Borno for over 30 years and attended schools there before I started working as an entrepreneur, although I was going to do my NYSC in the southeast.
This background, I believe, puts me in a good position to comment on what is happening in Maiduguri and other parts of the Northeast with regard to the security situation in the country.
I was in Maiduguri when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Giwa's barracks by firing non-stop until they released some of their members who were detained there.
I was also here, in the several times that Boko Haram tried to overthrow the state capital and I came face to face and experienced the fears of the residents and the height of hopelessness that at one point cuminized in us giving up completely and we were only waiting for when the worst would happen.
I witness how something that started as a problem not inside our homes and surroundings, with people we all know and relate to, galvanizing in one of the most heinous and devastating catastrophes of our time with a death toll that is now more than 20,000.
The boys that we could call and send messages or reprimands when they make mistakes because they are our children, nephews, cousins, etc., suddenly became uncontrollable and started to look us in the face and not only challenged us, but attacked us in the most cruel way possible . go.
We thought we defeated them when we started reporting them to security agencies, and they withdrew from our environment and later converged on bushes and forests in the Sambisa forest and the Mandara hills, until they started invading communities and kidnapping girls in attack. schools to kill innocent underage students and invade communities by killing people and destroying legacies.
I saw separate families; dead heads of family and wives and children fleeing in different directions to never meet again. I have been to many IDP camps and I have seen hunger, fear and almost hopelessness on people's faces.
Hopes were lost when it was reported that even our soldiers began to flee in the sight of terrorists, but our hopes began to be restored when, shortly before the 2015 elections, our military was mobilized to confront the insurgents.
When the military at that time killed many of the terrorists and pushed the insurgents to the shores of Lake Chad, we began to realize that it was not for lack of capacity that our troops fled before the insurgents; that must have been due to several factors.
Our former governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, captured one of the factors when he said that Boko Haram's fighters were better equipped than our military.
This is true because, at that time, the weapons that Boko Haram was using were quite sophisticated.
Our armed forces were unable to do much in part because resources for the purchase of equipment were being swallowed up by corruption and anti-patriotic acts.
We were happy when President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 elections because we knew him as someone with adequate military experience and war experience, along with a zero tolerance for corruption, which has the ability to restore the pride and dignity of our people.
The president who took office did not disappoint when launching an investigation into the funds destined to fight Boko Haram, which would have been diverted by the office of former National Security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the revelations that came from there.
Better still, the president ordered the operational command of the fight against the insurgency to move to the Northeast.
Shortly after, he appointed the current set of sevice chiefs.
It was at this point that we started to notice significant changes in the fight against Boko Haram and we were not surprised when they were evicted from their base in Sambisa and started to skelter in Chad and other neighboring countries.
I am a witness to how they were repelled when they tried to take Maiduguri several times later and forced to flee when faced with the superior firepower of our armed forces in recent times.
The relocation of the Army Chief of Staff to the State of Borno since March, which allowed him to visit hot spots in Boko Haram's operations, was good and his reported involvement of troops individually served to increase his confidence, as we could see the troops moving around with a new taste and an air of confidence.
We were not surprised, therefore, when we started hearing about the winning streak recorded by our soldiers in Konduga, Dikwa, Bama and other places.
We were very happy when we heard the audio from Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, crying shamelessly and begging for mercy.
Our happiness was limitless when 30 of Boko Haram's top commanders indicated an interest in surrendering to Nigerian authorities and when 11 of them did.
We applaud the army chief of staff when he was shown on television reporting to the president how troops killed more than 1,400 of Boko Haram terrorists in four months and arrested his informants.
We applaud because we not only knew he was reporting the factual truth, but because we saw the positive effects of military operations on our lives.
Many of us went back to our work and business and we didn't need to look over our shoulders anymore before taking a single step.
Some of the terrorists who ran back to our communities confessed to the devastation they suffered from air strikes and counterattacks by our troops.
But the latest attack on the Zowo community under Gubio's local government almost eroded all the joy.
We found ourselves in the same position we were in before the current government arrived, where communities could be attacked and human beings shot down without a single fire in defense.
Therefore, we call on the current set of heads of service to sustain the good work they have been doing, which restored our hope and did not allow evil to triumph over us.
We thank President Buhari, who felt our pain when calling the security meeting in Abuja and asked the service chiefs to do more.
We join our voices with that of the President to invite the heads of service to re-enact their best, which freed us from death and torture in the past.
We appreciate what you have done in the past, but we want to remind you that the battle is not over and that they should not give in or relax.
Long live the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Long live President Muhammadu Buhari.
Long live Nigeria.