It’s quite discouraging to see how Nigerian government is moving at snail pace in its search of 270 girls earlier abducted by Boko Haram. I don’t find any sort of seriousness on the part of the government to fight the terrorists. Just this week, it has asked the UN Security Council’ Al-Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist Boko Haram. Yes, this terrorist organization should have been banned and dismantled long back. But this is the time for action, not for mere talks and discussions. Nigeria was able to win support from its neighbours and the West in a summit meeting in Paris but the onus remains on Nigeria to lead the action against Boko Haram.
President Goodluck Jonathan has so far frustrated everyone by not even visiting the North East of the country wherein hundreds of distressed families are waiting for their loved ones for more than a month. Nigeria needs to wake up and seek how it can dismantle the web of bloodthirsty Boko Haram whose terrorists are waging a campaign of indiscriminate killings, kidnappings and property destruction. Such attacks have claimed 12,000 lives while countless people have been injured and maimed. Attack on Jos this Tuesday, killing more than 100 people, shows danger is not limited to North East of the country, it’s moving towards the major metropolis. Jos followed the same pattern as Taliban do in Pakistan: second blast came 30 minutes after the first, mainly targeting the rescue workers and ordinary helping the injured ones.
In my opinion Nigeria is playing with fire by not taking a concerted action against Boko Haram. We are all aware of the simmering religious conflicts in the largest populous country in Africa. Inaction on the part of government will force other communities to face Boko Haram by themselves which will be a recipe for civil war.
Let’s hope better sense will prevail and Nigerian government will put aside its reservations and take on the terrorists for a final blow. Otherwise, feared bloodletting in Nigeria will be far more horrible than what’s going on in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Jubail, Saudi Arabia