The governor made headlines by declaring that the Islamic terrorists were better armed, equipped and more motivated than the army. The military responded by denying this was the case and pointing out that all these Boko Haram raids were near the Cameroon border and in late afternoon or at night and that the attackers hit places far from army or police reinforcements. The attackers retreated into Cameroon and Nigerian forces do not have permission to cross the border in pursuit. Cameroon does not have enough soldiers or police to guard the entire border. The frontier area is largely rural, as well as being hilly (the foothills of the Gwoza Mountains) and easily trafficable by vehicles off the roads. Although the areas is semi-desert there are plenty of trees and vegetation most of the year. This makes it difficult for the air force to spot the approaching raiders. In short, Boko Haram has more places to hide than the army has people to watch. The army did respond by closing the border with Cameroon in Borno state, but this will not be much of an impediment to the Boko Haram raiders, who usually avoid the official border crossings. The closing will mainly inconvenience legal users of the crossings and make it more difficult for Nigerians to flee the Boko Haram violence.
(From Biafra Galaxy)