Friday, June 20, 2014

Nigeria: Update--Gov't Completes Investigation into Mass Abduction of 219 School-Girls in Chibok, a Dodged Failure

According to Reuters, the Nigerian government has reportedly completed its investigation into the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by militants on Friday (June 20) with little progress revealed, reporting almost none had been freed after the initial kidnapping some girls escaped from.

Submitting the final report, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo said 219 girls remain at large, a total virtually unchanged since Boko Haram militants stormed their secondary school in northeast Borno state on April 14 to abduct them en-mass. 

A total of 57 girls, almost all of whom had escaped at the time, have been reunited with their families.

The government's failure to rescue the girls, or even protect them prior to their abduction, has become a political scandal for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of elections next year's visit to the polls.

COMMENT: This may represent a clue to those foreign nations, including the US, to send advisers to Nigeria to quietly return to their homes, having been duped by the Nigerians into thinking that they could actually become a part of the solution.

Yet, like so many aspects of life in Nigeria, despite its awesome geographical landscape, in many respects the country is a failed state, largely as a result seriously flawed institutional corruption.

If there are any lessons to be learned for those nations who came to Nigeria's aid, other than Mrs. Obama's "hash-tag," it is to "under-take only those humanitarian ventures that you can actually control."

The Chibok kidnapping and other increasingly bloody attacks by Boko Haram have underscored Abuja's ineptness to neutralize the group, which hopes to establish sharia law.

Tragically, if I were a betting person, there is a greater potential for Boko Haram's success, than there is for the Nigerian government.
 
General Sabo used most of his report to deflect criticism of the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

This week at least fourteen people, including small children, died when a bomb tore through a venue where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match.