Friday, May 9, 2014

Nigeria: Update--Ridiculous Statement Made by President Goodluck Jonathan Re: Kidnapped Girls

According to Reuters, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday (May 9) that he believes 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram rebels in April have not been moved to neighboring Cameroon or another country. 

COMMENT: First of all, having worked in Nigeria over the years, my instinct tells me that President Jonathan is has no idea at all where the vulnerable girls are, largely because if he doesn't know where they are, he simply cannot know definitively as to where 200 girls are at the moment.

Considering that all four nations offering their help have been less than discreet in terms that they are traveling to Nigeria to help recover the 200 girls, by now, Boko Haram, has already taken steps to move the girls into neighboring Cameroon and/or Niger and marry them off, considering they have had plenty of time to do so.

Jonathan's government has already been sharply criticized for its slow response to the hostage crisis.

If the President is so certain where the girls are, why has he not deployed troops to the suspected area, even though it is commonly known that his security forces only get one meal a day?

Boko Haram's struggle for an Islamic state has killed upwards of 10,000 people since 2010 and has destabilized large sections of the northeast of Africa's top oil producer, as well as neighboring Cameroon and Niger.

Human rights group Amnesty International said in a statement, citing multiple interviews with sources, that the security forces had been warned more than four hours in advance about the school attack but did nothing to prevent the mass hostage-taking. 

A militant attack on the market town of Gamburu early on Monday (May 5) killed at least 125 people.

 As I have urged previously, one can only hope that the US, UK, France and China collaborate on how the stakeholders will diversify responsibilities and tasks, otherwise all four nations will redundantly "bump heads," which will be counter-productive and produce little in the form of success.