In recent weeks, Nigerian troops have continued to consolidate on the massive victories recorded over the dreaded militant sect, Boko Haram attracting praise from international quarters and a large section of Nigeria.
However, some Nigerians have remained doubting Thomases, especially supporters of the opposition All Progressives’ Congress (APC) who remain steadfast critics of the Nigerian military and the government which has thrown its backing behind the offensive against Boko Haram.
On Friday morning, Twitter user and Buhari apologist @remiteo tweeted pictures of troops in action in Maiduguri and described them as mercenaries from South Africa and slammed the government, describing it as liars.
His compatriots immediately reacted on social media and blogs online, with many calling him a killjoy. One of those who commented on the popular Linda Ikeji blog dismissed his rants saying the end justifies the means. “The opposition is funny…so what if they hired mercenaries Wipe BH from the face of the earth at all cost; GEJ work on.”
One Nathaniel Shok stressed on the need for cooperation between African countries, in lieu of the multinational joint forces currently on the offensive against Boko Haram. In his words, “We need the cooperation. We just need to help ourselves and then forget the western world…”
Another Nigerian who spoke on the condition of anonymity lambasted the APC saying, “Asiwaju Private Company (APC) does not want this ugly menace of terrorism to end. They should applaud FG for convincing them to come.”
His position was echoed by Musa Danjuma who said “If they will help genuinely, then they are welcome” and another anonymous commenter on the blog who said “The good news is that they are saving lives; let’s all leave this politics we play when good deeds is done.”
The APC has over time thrown jabs at the efforts of the military in attempting to reclaim Nigerian territory under the control of the Islamist sect, with certain observers noting that it seemed the party hierarchy was favourably disposed towards the increase of insurgency in the country.