Nigeria may become an African Afghanistan

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It is now very clear that the Nigerian government has done little or nothing to find the girls  abducted 3weeks ago. 48hrs after their  abduction is very crucial to finding them ,however, the Nigeria government did nothing to find them. There are suggestions that this may have something to do with corruption which is endemic in Nigeria.The Nigeria finance  Minister on an interview with channel 4 UK last night refused to comment on the corruption aspect of the crisis .Her answers to simple questions didn’t appear to reflect what you would expect to get from Africa largest economy minster. Perhaps she is not ware of what is happening around her

Protest against Shell after a oil spill from a Shell oil field in Nigeria

A protest against Shell after a oil spill in 2011. ‘There is widespread corruption, yet weapons and armies are paid to protect the wealthy and the foreign companies like Shell that want to access the country’s resources, especially oil.’ Photograph: George Esiri/EPA

With the inviting of westerns powers, there are suggestions that  Nigeria maybe come an African Afghanistan. This assertion is not far from the truth when you look at countries around the world where western powers have intervened.

 

A protest against Shell after a oil spill in 2011. ‘There is widespread corruption, yet weapons and armies are paid to protect the wealthy and the foreign companies like Shell that want to access the country’s resources, especially oil.’ Photograph: George Esiri/EPA

It seems almost beyond belief that more than 200 girls can be kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria, held by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and threatened on a video – shown worldwide – with being sold into slavery by their captors. The disbelief is compounded by today’s news that, overnight, eight more girls have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in north-east Nigeria. This tragedy touches the hearts of everyone, evoking a feeling of revulsion not only at the danger and loss of freedom itself, but at the assumption that for young girls their destination must be forced marriage and servitude, not education.

There is rightly anger that so little has been done by the Nigerian government to find the girls, and that those who have demonstrated in huge numbers against President Goodluck Jonathan have themselves been accused of causing trouble or even temporarily arrested.

But we should be wary of the narrative now emerging. This follows a wearily familiar pattern, one we have already seen in south Asia and the Middle East, but that is increasingly being applied to Africa as well.

It is the refrain that something must be done and that “we” – the enlightened west – must be the people to do it. As the US senator Amy Klobuchar put it: “This is one of those times when our action or inaction will be felt not just by those schoolgirls being held captive and their families waiting in agony, but by victims and perpetrators of trafficking around the world. Now is the time to act.”

read more theguardian.com

 

 

The Ex-Ghanaian President   Jerry Rawlings has warned Nigeria not to allow foreign intervention into the boko haram issue.  According to him

He pleaded that as the most populous African nation,Nigeria must not allow the International community to come into its affairs due to the prevailing insecurity, asserting that the war on terror would be won if all Nigerians work in unity

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He pleaded that as the most populous African nation,Nigeria must not allow the International community to come into its affairs due to the prevailing insecurity, asserting that the war on terror would be won if all Nigerians work in unity. – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/04/ex-ghanaian-president-warns-fg-boko-haram-says-insurgency-may-persist-unless/#sthash.osgxMpT1.dpuf
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