NIGERIA NAMES 5TH COMMANDER IN UNDER 2 YEARS TO LEAD FIGHT AGAINST BOKO HARAM

MAIDUGURI (Nigeria)– Nigeria has named its fifth commander in less than 2 years to lead the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, the army said, a move military sources say was related to continued attacks by the militants.

The attacks could hurt President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of re-election in February 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, the army said in an emailed statement that outlined dozens of re-deployments.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK