The United States has issued a security warning regarding a plot by Boko Haram to carry out attacks during the forthcoming general elections in February.
Backstory: The alert, which has been posted on the website of the United States Embassy in Nigeria, warned that the insurgent group plans to attack security and infrastructure, as well as markets, hotels, and malls.
“There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast,” the security warning said. “ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as well as places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls.”
The US however says it has no specific threat information to the U.S. Embassy or within Nigeria during the election season.
Advise to US citizens in the alert:
- Carry proper identification, including a US passport with a current Nigerian visa if needed…
- Exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
- Avoid being in crowds and demonstrations.
- Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.
Food for thought: President Muhammadu Buhari campaigned in 2015 promising to end the scourge of Boko Haram, and several times since his victory, his government has claimed that it has “technically defeated” the terror group. What does it say about those claims if four years later, the US government is warning of an imminent threat during the elections?