Thursday, January 15, 2015
Nigerian Government seems incapable of dealing with Boko Haram.
Without a doubt Boko Haram is running amuck in Northern Nigeria. It seems that the government is either incapable or unwilling to take on this dangerous and barbaric group or both. WHY? Now that the situation is back in the headlines, we are seeing images of total destruction in the north, combined with massive losses of civilian lives. What possible 'electoral' gain does the government see by its lack of effective action? Reports that the BK armed groups are better armed and trained than the forces the government puts up against the terrorist group are very worrying. Does the government have a plan to simply 'cut the north adrift,' and go it alone? That would not of course stop the BK as they have an avowed ain of establishing Sharia Law on all of Nigeria. In the meantime, we see and hear that the Government forces are putting up little effective resistance to BK, leaving civilians in the north feeling unprotected against the kidnappings, murder and destruction of property by BK. The Nigerian Government is reluctant to accept offers of military assistance. Are we missing something here? Perhaps it is a reaction to past 'colonial' experiences. What is certain is that the people are losing confidence in the central government; a situation that does not bode well for the future of the nation state of Nigeria.