Abuja, Nigeria (TFC) – While Nigeria reaps the credit for the rescue of hundreds of kidnapped girls, the reality of the situation is that an international force that was formed and operated outside of the United Nations brought about the safe return of the victims. Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Cameroon put together the multinational force that sent the Boko Haram running. The addition of the Chadian military brought the multi-flagged force to the level of an unstoppable juggernaut.
The troops from Chad are battle hardened from a series of insurgencies and military operations that began in 1998. From counter-insurgency operations in their own country to dealing with the trouble in Darfur to assisting refugee recovery operations in the Central African Republic, the Chadian military has stayed active. A soldier retiring today after a 20-year commitment has only seen three out of those twenty years without operations.
It was these soldiers that formed the backbone of the military offensive that sent the Boko Haram running for the hills and begging for help from the Islamic State. Once that multinational force did its job, the Nigerian military was allowed to sweep in and conduct the final operations. In the last week, the Nigerian troops have conducted targeted operations against the Boko Haram and have freed almost 700 kidnap victims. It allows outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan to hand over a country that is almost insurgency free. The insurgency has been active for six years.
While the return of the victims is amazing and is certainly worth applauding, the real victory for the people of Nigeria is that the success of the multinational force got the country out from underneath the press of US corporate colonialism.
Despite the First Lady’s groveling to a terrorist organization, the US offered no tangible support to the Nigerians. The locations of these victims could have been determined by a US satellite in less than twenty-four hours, but that doesn’t really fit with corporate plans for the country. Rather than actively support the Nigerians, US policy was more interested in establishing a US presence in the country. In other words, the US was content to sit on the sidelines until the problem was big enough for a full-scale military intervention.
Instead of asking for US forces to enter their country, they established the multinational force and inadvertently created a template for developing nations to follow when a military situation brings about the need for a force larger than an individual nation can muster. If developing nations can set aside their differences for the sake of the greater good, we might see an end to the world police force operating under the auspices of US corporations.