Nigeria replaces commander in fight against Boko Haram
Maiduguri, Nigeria, Dec 6 (AltAfrika) – Following a string of insurgency attacks in recent times, Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year, an army spokesman said on Wednesday.
A military spokesman confirmed the replacement of Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander of the operation against Boko Haram, in a text message to Reuters. Major General Rogers Nicholas will take his position.
The spokesman did not provide further details.
Attahiru’s removal comes in the wake of a series of “embarrassing” attacks, two military sources told Reuters. They said the conduct of the war against the insurgents is now being reviewed.
The attacks, which occurred during Attahiru’s command, include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed in July, and deadly assaults on the towns of Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, the sources said.
A spokesman for the president, who serves as Nigeria’s commander-in-chief, declined to comment.
That plan and the spate of deadly attacks have raised questions about assertions by the government and military that Boko Haram has been all but wiped out.