Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New York Times Describes Goodluck's Regime As Corrupt Government That Has Little Credibility

Three weeks after their horrifying abduction in Nigeria, 276 of the more than 300 girls who were taken from a school by armed militants are still missing, possibly sold into slavery or married off. Nigerian security forces apparently do not know where the girls are and the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been shockingly slow and inept at addressing this monstrous crime.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Boko Haram, the ruthless Islamist group that claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, abducted more young girls from their homes in the same part of the country in the northeast over the weekend. The group, whose name roughly means “Western education is a sin,” has waged war against Nigeria for five years. Its goal is to destabilize and ultimately overthrow the government. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in a video released on Monday, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.”

This is not the first time Boko Haram has attacked students, killing young men and kidnapping young women. The security situation in Northeast Nigeria has steadily deteriorated. In the first three months of this year, attacks by Boko Haram and reprisals by government security forces have killed at least 1,500 people, more than half of them civilians, according to Amnesty International. Until now, there has been little response to the violence, either in Nigeria or internationally. But the kidnapping of so many young girls, ages 12 to 15, has triggered outrage and ignited a rare antigovernment protest movement in Nigeria.

On Sunday, after weeks of silence, Mr. Jonathan admitted that “this is a trying time for our country,” and he said that Nigerians were justified in their anger against the government and appealed for international help. The reaction of Mr. Jonathan’s wife, Patience, was stunningly callous; according to state news media,she told one of the protest leaders, “You are playing games. Don’t use schoolchildren and women for demonstrations again.”

Boko Haram’s claim that it follows Islamic teachings is nonsense. A pre-eminent Islamic theological institute, Al-Azhar in Egypt, denounced the abductions, saying it “completely contradicts the teachings of Islam and its tolerant principles.” Although Boko Haram is believed to number no more than a few hundred men, Nigerian security forces have been unable to defeat them.

Mr. Jonathan, who leads a corrupt government that has little credibility, initially played down the group’s threat and claimed security forces were in control. It wasn’t until Sunday, more than two weeks after the kidnappings, that he called a meeting of government officials, including the leader of the girls’ school, to discuss the incident. There is no doubt the intelligence and investigation help President Obama offered on Monday is needed.

The kidnappings occurred just as President Jonathan is about to hold the World Economic Forum on Africa, with 6,000 troops deployed for security. That show of force may keep the delegates safe, but Nigeria’s deeply troubled government cannot protect its people, attract investment and lead the country to its full potential if it cannot contain a virulent insurgency.
Source:New York Times

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  1. Kai! This is in fact a well-articulated and purpose-driven write-up...Makes sense.

  2. New york Times u re very stupid

  3. Our president did not have sex with Monica lewinsky

  4. Is a know fact, the man is a world class armed robber

  5. To GeJ stealing public funds is NOT corruption but just an ordinary stealing

  6. That is just what he refused to fight that has polarised the nation when people loot up to billions of dollars and you ask me who is sponsoring boko haram, maybe is my late mother that died without a penny to her name, if you must fight boko haram you have to end corruption starting from your household mr president

  7. It is a fact in Niger Delta that stealing public fund is not corruption but our right . Jonathan is an ardent supporter of corruption, so there is nothing we can do unless revolution because the Abacha constitution that we are operating empowers him to do whatever he likes. I am certain he will never return as Nigerian president beyond 2015 .

  8. What is sleeping with Lewisky got to do with this write up.pls comments like matured people. The information is true about the govt controlled by Jonathan. He was just filled with his political ambition and refused to be guided he is being embarrassed ny his failure. I hope his wife will now feel the pain of his actions.