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CSM Hints Nigerian Gov’t Complicit In Kidnappings

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Boko Haram leader Shekau is dead say Nigeria officials, as nation rolls its eyes

Three weeks after hundreds of teenage girls were abducted while taking exams, it remains unclear how many girls were taken, who they are, who did it, at what time, and exactly how.

By Heather Murdock | May 12, 2014

On the same day that a man looking nearly identical to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video of 100 girls kidnapped by his group – the official Nigerian response in the nation’s capital was to claim that Mr. Shekau is dead. Actually, the government’s position is that Shekau has been dead for some time – a position widely seen here as a form of counter-propaganda designed to dispirit Boko Haram members…

Nigerian authorities also said today that its security forces are “interacting with experts … all over the world” to find the girls. Yet they remained unable to say how many girls were missing: “The federal government is setting up a committee” to find out the number, said one official in Abuja, Mike Omeri.

Such lack of information a month into the kidnapping of the girls as they were taking exams, combined with claims of Shekau’s death – viewed with skepticism – have fanned indignation at the government and brought ongoing protests…

For all the urgent headlines and advocacy, however, what is still missing are basic facts. It is unclear how many girls were abducted, who they are, who did it, at what time, and exactly how – a dearth of solid information that has deepened the distress and anger in Nigeria and spurred global calls for action…

We don’t know who did it? Really?

“I think there’s a bit of insincerity in the system,” said Ade Ogundeyin, the CEO of Proforce, a Nigerian security company.  “You can’t tell me that 200 and something girls got move to a particular location and nobody [from the military] saw them? …

So the military is complicit? Maybe they did it, in order to blame the innocent Muslim terrorists.

Which leads to the next unknown: Why was this school opened for exams, given the deep insecurity in the area?

Again, government and local officials and newspapers have given conflicting accounts. The slaughter of many school children in the [Muslim] northeast, reported for nearly a year, had prompted most schools in the [Muslim] northeast to close… [So] such an opening would have been a widely known event, making the school a potential target.

So the government is to blame for giving the innocent Muslim terrorists such an irresistible target?

Perhaps most frustrating for Nigerians is the absence of information on rescue efforts. Few facts are forthcoming, and the Nigerian military maintains it would compromise their efforts if they reported details to the public.

But Nigerians want an explanation, for example, as to why local people say they have seen the girls traveling in the countryside – and this under the extreme crackdown known as emergency rule – but that the military has not given details nor staged a rescue.

Implying that the government doesn’t want them rescued? Or that they really aren’t captives?

It is widely believed that Boko Haram is responsible for the kidnapping because no other group in Nigeria has the capacity or the motivation to carry out such an attack…

The group has killed thousands of adults and children and has previously abducted women to work as porters, spies, cooks, or sex slaves. Boko Haram has also taken responsibility for the kidnapping, saying the girls are being held as slaves and will be sold as wives. In a video distributed to reporters on Monday, a maniacal-appearing Boko Harm leader, Abubakar Shekau, rails against the government and threatens to force girls as young as nine years old to marry.

But we shouldn’t jump to the hasty conclusion that the attack on the school girls was been carried out by Boko Haram.

In the video, however, there are no girls. That in itself is somewhat unorthodox: In the past, terrorists showed images of hostages to prove the truth of their claims.

Why Mr. Shekau waited three weeks to claim the act is unclear, though some speculate that Boko Haram is so unstructured and diffuse that he may not have known which faction was responsible. And the only hard evidence that Abubakar Shekau is even the leader of Boko Haram is that he says so.  This is a man who threatened to kill former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from his hideout in northeastern Nigeria more than six months after she died.

So Boko Haram’s claims of responsibility are meaningless. They are cray-cray.

But one further fact is not in dispute: With every day that passes without the return of the girls, the fear for their lives becomes greater, and the despair in Nigeria is palpable. Frustration was deepened by a report that the military did not respond to warnings that Boko Haram was about to attack Chibok.

At a protest this week in the capital, Abubakar Sani, a civil servant and a father, sat quietly on the sidelines while the crowd sang: “All we are saying is ‘Bring back our girls. Alive. Now.” … [Sani said,] “It’s necessary that we come out and demonstrate so the government will know how we feel."

Yep, it’s that damn Christian government that is to blame. Why won’t they ‘return our girls’?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “CSM Hints Nigerian Gov’t Complicit In Kidnappings”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Anybody gonna mention that Nigeria is a Christian nation in a vast wilderness of murderous Muslim fanatic pedophile misogynists? That Nigeria is a shining tribute to evangelization and the enduring hope of ministers and missionaries to bring people devoid of Faith to Jesus Christ.

    Naturally, the US State Department sees fit to sh*t all over the Nigerian people and cultivate Nigeria’s single worst possible enemy .. except perhaps for the crony capitalists in Washington, DC

    Let’s see .. Nigeria has the 10th largest proven oil reserves in the world and robust oil production.
    Libya .. well we know about Libya and oil.
    Ukraine .. natural gas and pipelines ..

    Anyone see a pattern?

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