Monday, April 09, 2012

Boko Haram: Is the Nigerian Government this helpless?

After about three weeks of respite, Boko Haram (BH) struck again. Nigerian security agencies anticipated these  attacks and stated that adequate security would be provided and they were ready to quell BH attacks. Yet, BH struck successfully. The Easter sunday attacks in Kaduna left between thirty to fifty people dead.
Two things are known about BH. First is they are not spirits, they are known. President Jonathan has said so himself. Second is that  BH menace is political. For instance, how do we explain why BH, an organization against western education, is suddenly concerned with the pay of legislators and has issued threats to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC)? or that they attack christians and defenseless people and not the pillagers of their communities?
There is nothing to say or write about BH that has not been said or written. I wonder if the government is truly helpless in containing this group or if the government is unwilling addressing this problem. There are many conspiracy theories I can think of on why the government has failed to effectively deal with BH. Methinks that the government does not truly care.  It would be saddening if all these lives are lost and the government begins an amnesty program to "reform" BH members. It would be truly sad. 

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