Saturday, January 17, 2015

Another Nigerian massacre

I have been tracking this new terror threat in Nigeria from the start and it seems that either the government there does not have the capability to confront Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist organization fighting to create a pure Islamic government ( whatever that means in their version0 in the areas they control or simply don’t care much about them. Whichever is the case, this threat is evolving into an international one as the militants are trying to export their brand of violence into neighboring countries in Africa. While the world was gripped by the violence in France, relatively unknown news came out of Nigeria where reportedly Boko Haram slaughtered almost 2000 people and burned villages and the military was nowhere to be found. Although the Nigerian Military is saying that the figure is close to 150 but anyway the huge numbers killed did not register with the African or even Nigerian Leaders as has been reported. Unlike in France where there was widespread world condemnation and unity rally involving several world leaders (including African ones too), there was no such thing in Nigeria. What to talk about world leaders, even the ordinary citizens of Nigeria did not come out to unify their country against a common threat. I can understand that there is a threat to your life under these circumstances, but if peace loving person stands up there is no way these terrorists can win. It is a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Nigeria where the government seems helpless in the face of the militant attacks and citizens continue to suffer and there is no appetite for any major foreign powers to send troops to help Nigeria.

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