The Boko Haram crisis is worsened by lack of collaboration among security agencies, by failure of government to deliver justice and immediate relief to victims and by failure in the gathering and deployment of intelligence to forestall attacks (paraphrased). Ambassador Othman Gamji Galtimari Chairman Presidential Committee on Security Challenges in the North-East Origin The … Continue reading Solving the Boko Haram Menace
In the first 25 days of 2012, Boko Haram has killed at least 250 people,killing 185 people in Kano on a single day (20/01/2012). In 2011, they killed at least 450 people. Their spokesmen say that they should be known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (جماعة أهل السنة للدعوة والجهاد). Since the start of their self-declared jihad in 2009, after 7 years of teaching Salafism peacefully while arming itself, the group has killed at least 1500 people and caused mass civil displacement in Nigeria's North-East. In 2010, Abubakar Shekau, the new leader of the group after the killing of its founder- Mohammed Yusuf, invited a Daily Trust (Northern Nigeria's most read daily newspaper) reporter who was blindfolded, to its base in Maiduguri. Shekau warned of an escalation in the jihad in the coming days. The Nigerian police dismissed the report and at least 800 people have died since then. Are Nigerian hoping for a hero? Are Nigerians waiting on their government and security agencies to save them? Are Nigerians hoping in hope that this blood spilling will end? As souls depart like eagles from dead bodies in thousands, how long shall Nigerians stand and await the much prayed for hero? Is the hero President Goodluck Jonathan or IGP M.D. Yusuf? Is the hero Gen. Andrew Azazi or Air-Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin? Nigerians can you hear heaven? Boko Haram laughs as we fly away.