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Boko Haram Training Camp Traced To Mali, Operational Base Identified

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Boko Haram Training Camp Traced To Mali, Operational Base Identified

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Oct 27, 2012 – Boko Haram Training Camp Traced To Mali, Operational Base Identified

The search for a lasting solution to the perennial campaign of violence by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has taken President Goodluck Jonathan and his National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) to Bamako, the capital of Mali, for a secret meeting with the civilian and military authorities in the troubled West African country, following a strong intelligence report which shows that Mali’s northern region is being used as the operational base of the dreaded sect.

The presidency had, in a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, announced on Wednesday, October 17 a two-day working visit by President Jonathan to Niger Republic and Mali.

While the president was scheduled to attend a meeting of the High Authority of the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission, in Niamey, with President Issoufou Mohammadou of Niger Republic to revitalise and reposition the 41-year-old commission, as a primary platform towards addressing emerging cross-border challenges, the statement added that on his way back on Friday, October 19, he would make a stopover in Bamako, the Malian capital, for further consultations on efforts by ECOWAS and the UN Security Council, to restore normalcy to that country.

Saturday Sun, however, gathered from diplomatic and presidency sources that the meeting in Niamey was a mere decoy for President Jonathan to “seek collaboration and cooperation of both the military and civilian authorities in Mali on how best the operational base of Nigeria’s Boko Haram in the north of Mali, which is under the firm control of Islamist groups and Tuareg rebels, who took control of the region following a coup in March.” A reliable diplomatic source revealed that rather than making just a stopover in Bamako, as announced by Abati in his statement,

“the Nigerian president actually left Niamey, Niger Republic on Thursday, October 18 and went straight for the main goal of his trip, which is to hold talks with the Malian authorities, as part of efforts to dismantle the main structure of Boko Haram in the North of the country (Mali).” It was gathered that a recent intelligence support for Nigeria had confirmed that Boko Haram militants were being trained and armed in northern Mali, where the leader of the sect, Sheik Mohammed Shekau, is also believed to be hiding and coordinating attacks on Nigerian targets.

Based on this, the diplomatic source revealed that Nigeria became more interested in the politics and political stability of Mali. The military junta in Mali, headed by Captain Amadou Sanogo, had seized power on March 22, accusing the democratic government of President Amadou Toumani Toure of failing to deal effectively with a Tuareg rebellion that had started in January. Islamist groups then took advantage of the chaos and seized all the region’s major towns, including the historic city of Timbuktu.

Former parliament speaker, Diouncounda Traore later emerged as interim president, following international pressures on the military junta to relinquish power. It was further gathered that President Jonathan’s last week visit was to consolidate on recent visits and discussions by the NSA and some top officials of the defence and foreign affairs ministries to Mali.

Part of the discussions, at the meeting, between President Jonathan and Mali’s interim president Traore, was “to stabilise the civilian regime of Traore, mobilise African and ECOWAS forces to Mali, with a view to flushing out all islamist groups and rebels, including Boko Haram leaders that had taken control of North of Mali.” In a separate discussion with Captain Sanogo, President Jonathan was said to have offered him a political asylum in Nigeria to pave the way for Traore’s full control of Mali’s armed forces, which are still loyal to Sanogo. “If the Nigerian government can get Traore relocated to Nigeria, the stability Nigeria needs in Mali to fight its own enemy hiding and operating from our territory would have been achieved half-way,” a diplomatic source privy to the development told Saturday Sun. It was, however, not yet clear at press time whether Traore has accepted the offer of asylum from President Jonathan.

“What is certain is the success of the war against Boko Haram depends largely on the stability in Mali and the ability of the African and the entire international community to dislodge all rebels and Islamist groups operating in northern Mali because if you observe closely, they share the same religious ideology and modus operandi with Boko Haram militants.

If you follow developments there, you will notice that the Islamists have imposed a harsh interpretation of Sharia in the areas they control in the north of Mali and there are reports of people being stoned to death and having their limbs amputated,” the source added. (DailySun)

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Kevoo81

    October 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Lets hope they are getting their acts right this time.

  2. ikatuboh Alison B

    October 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I want to comment strongly that for african nations to be free from this so called Islamic sect there must be a joint ECOWAS community forces to reinforce & tackled this menace bedevils the african nations,I want to insert that any african nation harbouring the evil sects should abstained from it or else should be seeing as a terrorist nation,I would advice malian entrim president Traore to flush out boko haram islamic sect from mali & face reality of acepting president jonathans offer for asylum in nigeria.

  3. nonso

    October 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    If there is anything to go by this news, then Nigeria is making headway in the quest to providing a lasting solution to this menace. But reverse is the case if it is the usual Cock nd Bull story. May God protect the image of Islam nd the entire muslims Ummah around the world. Ameen!

  4. Ade

    October 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Good job but that means our border with Mali is not secure. The temporary measure for now is to secure our border with Mali to denial the terrorist machinery access to our country

  5. Syndicate ogechi

    October 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    one way or the other the end will come…..just one day

  6. Jonathan Japhet

    October 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Ono by one Boko Haram will be apprehended.

  7. Emmie

    October 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    May God save us 4rm d hands of d wicked. Meanwhile d govt shld be xtra careful wit it though d approach is quite strategic & shld be applauded

  8. prince

    October 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    then what will be the next our president is going to do, kudos to him for the findings. But that is not all.

  9. Henry

    October 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Our prob in nigeria is the”quran” coz even if boko is distoryed the quran wil stil advice anoda set of pple 2 form anoda group n kil 4 allah

  10. Sachi, E.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Pls mr president and the NSA try ur best to tackle this issue and avoid intimidation by anybody. Kudos to ur effort.

  11. Pressclub Zungeru

    October 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    goodwork for nigeria security.

    • John Sule

      October 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Who is d current president of dis great press club?

  12. Favour

    October 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    These thing re not suppose to be in d open bt in secret but u journalist always blow evritin in d open dont u know d meaning of intelligence u tink u re doing nigerians favour no bt more harm. Be ware u journalist

  13. MaiGamu

    October 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I shed tears when i read this story how does another country do this, innocent lives have been lost. FATHER GOD pse intervene.

  14. michael

    October 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    musilim is the problem of nigeria and the whole world. that is it either you like it or not.

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