According to a recent report from the United Nations, at least 80 children have been deployed by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Northern Nigeria, as ‘human bombs’ this year.
Making the disclosure last week in Maiduguri, Borno State capital and birthplace of Boko Haram, Mark Lowcock, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said that the most spectacular attack occurred in July when the Islamist fighters targeted a state oil company research team, killing 48 people and taking several others hostage.
Malte Liewerscheidt, Nigeria analyst at London-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, in reaction to the report said by phone t hat the kind of pattern being witnessed with the Boko Haram terrorist sect was unlikely to change very much in months to come.
“It’s a constant thorn in Buhari’s flesh in the sense that one of his key promises when he was campaigning was that he’d deal with this problem,” he maintained.
The Federal Government has estimated that more than 20,000 people have died since Boko Haram started its terrorist operation in Northern Nigeria.
The group which is opposed to Western-style education but wants to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state under strict observance of the Sharia legal system, started an insurrection in 2009 to impose its Islamic ideology on Nigeria.
According to the records, Boko Haram has carried out 83 attacks so far this year in which suicide bombings accounted for 27 percent of all assaults.
It pointed out that 10 months after President Muhammadu Buhari declared a victory over Boko Haram, the militant group is stepping up attacks in the far northeast of the country.