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Baga Massacre: How Familiar' By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

Published by Sahara Reporters on Thu, 23 May 2013


By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu There has been so much hue and cry over the so called Baga massacre, a community in Borno state where the Joint Task Force (JTF) of the infamous Nigerian army massacred over 180 innocent people including women and children and razed down the whole community in their hunt for Boko Haram terrorists. But much of the hue and dry is driven either by Ostriches whose heads are buried in the sand or by sheer hypocrisy and deceit for the simple reason that massacres, pogroms, and other forms of extra-judicial killings and mass murders whether by the Nigerian army, police, civilians or ethno-religious actors have been common place in Nigeria for decades. Indeed mass killing and other acts of injustice remains the single greatest attribute of the Nigerian state to date. It is not possible to write Nigerias history without wading through chapters stained with blood that has unnecessarily been shed and continues to be shed in the course of her chequered history. In less than a century of existence and five decades of independence Nigeria has shed enough blood to fill the bowels of the river Niger and all of it needlessly.read more
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