Sunday, January 11, 2015

Boko Haram in Nigeria

Small tyrannies if not confronted become larger tyrannies

The Telegraph -- Boko Haram is now a mini-Islamic State, with its own territory

“Boko Haram controls about 20,000 square miles of territory and is fast becoming a terrorist state razing villages and killing innocent victims.”

“The army may also lack the resolve. Last year, the federal government allocated 20 per cent of its budget to the armed forces - over £4 billion. Yet precious little trickled down to the soldiers in the frontline, who remain poorly armed and equipped. Instead, a large proportion of the military budget simply disappeared into the pockets of senior officers.”

Yahoo News -- Escape from Boko Haram: 'I kept stepping on dead bodies'

“Local officials this week said the attack forced at least 20,000 people from Baga and other settlements in and around Lake Chad to flee, many of them across the border.”

India Times -- Nigeria seeks support after 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack

Nigeria's military — west Africa's largest — has faced repeated criticism for failing to end the six-year Islamist insurgency, as well as allegations of human rights abuses.