Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque last month. Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai gave him a deadline in July to deliver Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead or alive within 40 days.
President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015 with a pledge to beat back the militants. About seven months later, he declared that Boko Haram had been “technically defeated” after the army recaptured most territory that had fallen to it. However, Boko Haram has continued carrying out bomb and gun attacks in the north-east.
Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the north-east in May this year. He has been replaced with another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to tackle ethnic clashes in the volatile central region.