Nigeria Names Fifth Commander in Two Years To Lead Fight Against Boko Haram Insurgency
Nigeria has named its fifth commander in less than 2 years to lead the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. The move military sources belief was related to continued attacks by the Islamists group. It is believed that the attacks could hurt President Buhari’s chances of re-election in Feb. 2019. He campaigned in 2015 vowing to end the insurgency but the conflict is entering its 10th year with attacks by Boko Haram and a group that splintered from it, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA).
Major General Abba Dikko, who in July took over command of Operation Lafiya Dole, has been replaced as the head of that operation by Major General Benson Akinroluyo. Dikko has been moved to the Department of Civil Military Affairs to fill the position of chief of civil military affairs. Since July, when Dikko was appointed, dozens of Nigerian troops have been killed in battles with militants and ISWA killed two abducted aid workers. Soldiers also staged a protest at an airport in September.