Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nigeria: Update--France, US, UK, China and INTERPOL Face Mission Impossible in Effort to Locate Missing School Girls

According to The Associated Press, as the April 14 disappearance of roughly 300 school girls between the ages of sixteen and eighteen strangely continue without a trace, it is my humble assessment that France, the US, UK and INTERPOL have been painted into a proverbial corner that offers little in the way of egress.

COMMENT: As a matter of interest, in the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index conducted by the most reliable global resource on international corruption, Nigeria placed 144th place out of 175 countries. See:

The fact that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan waited three weeks after the fact ties the hands of those generous nations and INTERPOL with increasingly remote likelihood that the girls will ever be rescued. 

Not only are the traumatized parents of the missing girls angry at a dysfunctional nation with an indecisive President, if anyone is deserving of answers, it is the parents who must be imagining what unspeakable horrors their children have been forced to confront.

Presumably, if the parents' own government is failing to exercise leadership and bring them up-to-date as to what is happening, one can only hope and pray that one or all of the foreign security advisers will step up to the plate and be honest.

What is unforgivable on Jonathan's part is that by making NO decision to accept offers of foreign assistance, he potentially became culpable in whatever misfortune the girls suffer as a result of their continued captivity.

In point of fact, both the UK and the US offered their assistance on April 18, only to have President Jonathan sit on the gracious offer for three weeks.  

Nigeria is a country of 170 million in West Africa that receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid from the US every year to address a rising insurgency in the northeast and growing tensions between Christians and Muslims. 

The following day, Jonathan was photographed dancing at a political party rally in northern Kano city, and newspapers asked what their leader was doing partying when the country was in shock over the mass-hostage-taking.  He did not respond.

The question that so many American taxpayers want to know is when is the last time a forensic audit was conducted as to where $625 million dollars went?

Did the people of Nigeria benefit at all or can one presume that a large percentage of it went into a politician's pocket?

All good questions which have had elusive answers.