The latest news on Baga is that the Nigerian Military has released a statement saying “only” 150 people including insurgents died in Baga and not the 2,000 as being claimed by the foreign media. Phrases like “speculations and conjectures” and “total exaggeration” were used to describe the earlier report that 2,000 people died.
Even if one person died in the attack, that is still one person too many! That person is someone’s loved one.
The reason Boko Haram is ravaging the country is because nobody has ever been brought to justice for any particular terrorist attack in Nigeria.
For example, can we have the latest report on the investigation into the Nyanya, Abuja bombing last March in Abuja? Are investigators close to finding out and arresting the master-minds behind that incident? No, they haven’t.
How about the bombing in Jos, any luck with that one? The Kano mosque bombing, anyone? Bauchi, Postikum?
It’s not rocket science, if a person commits a crime and nobody is punished for that crime that same person or someone else will commit that same crime again. Not punishing perpetrators for a criminal act is another way of saying that act is legal.
Some European journalists are condemning their leaders for going to Paris to march in honour of the 17 that died in Paris while turning a blind eye to the thousands that reportedly died in Baga the same week.
You can’t blame these leaders. They care about their own people. Within hours of the Charlie Hebdo incident, President Francois Hollande was present at the scene. President Jonathan hasn’t uttered a single word in respect of the Baga incident. The only response from him was a tweet from his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokiri. How do you expect other leaders to respect your people when the president himself does not?
The president has, in between campaigning for the elections, preparing for his daughter’s wedding.
The next thing is the military spokesman beating his chest that “only” 150 people died and not 2,000 as earlier reported.
There are two elements needed to fight an enemy, resources and the will to fight. Unfortunately in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram both elements are absent.
For example, when the president went to France for a summit with the French president and other Francophone countries last year, there was a call for Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad to contribute 700 troops each to a multinational force against Boko Haram, but no country has implemented the plan.
Recently the US and Nigeria have been trading blames regarding who is responsible for the collapse of a military training deal agreed by both countries. The US ambassador is alleging that Nigeria did not fulfil her own part of the bargain.
While the blame trading continues dozens of innocent Nigerians are being killed by Boko Haram.
Something definitely has to be done and it appears this government has come to the end of its tether. Maybe if Jonathan is returned to power next month he will become re-energized to fight Boko Haram or maybe Buhari as president will be the one to stop Boko Haram, we wait and see.