This is good news. On the surface at least. Hopefully they will be able to flush out Boko Haram and those that finance, aid and abet them. In a perfect world, they will tackle this earnestly, which will mean political upheaval in some respects. Many politicians and top tier military brass will be exposed if the goal is to truly combat and neutralize Boko Haram. It will be messy (and bloody).
The question is, what took them so long to arrive here? It’s common sense. After the Chibok kidnappings, I said this was the only logical course of action. Quite a few people disagreed with me as they felt that western intervention was best. I disagreed with that opinion then and I disagree with it now. We’ve got to change the way we think in times of crisis, but that’s another story for another day.
This is a problem that can only be fixed by regional forces. It must be fixed from within. Western intervention beyond intelligence or supplying surveillance equipment means two things;
1. An eventual abandonment or exodus which does nothing long term.
2. Permanent or long term occupation which is never a good thing. This will ultimately lead to even more problems.
Let’s wait and see. That’s all we can do. These developments are long overdue.