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Boko Haram: Questions America must answer

Published by The Nation on Fri, 29 Aug 2014


Apocalypse 2015: Is there any chance whatsoever that the United States of America might want Nigeria damaged or dismembered' What would be the motive' What would it profit the U.S. to have one more humanitarian debacle, another blood festival in another corner of the world' The war theatres of Syria, Ukraine, Sudan, Iraq and Central African Republic must be enough to sate the thirst of even the worst vampires. Bringing this lumbering giant, Nigeria, to ruins in a fratricidal religious war will do the world no good, not the least America. So why does everything seem to point to the fact that by omission or commission, America seems to crave the demise of Nigeria as currently configured'Let us state upfront that it is nave, if not cowardly, to admit and surrender to the notion that the destiny of one nation could rest solely under the authority of another. But history is replete with cases and Ukraine is current history. It is also a shame, a surrender of sovereignty and an admission of failure to accept and capitulate to the authority of another sovereign entity but that is Nigerias current reality. Is the U.S. taking advantage of Nigerias structural, institutional and leadership ferment' There are numerous questions craving answers.And the first is: a U.S. agency had suggested nearly a decade ago that this entity known as Nigeria may fail by 2015. Knowing that the U.S. and most other developed countries dont live by the moment, we must ask now whether there wasnt much more to that dire prognosis than the rest of the world knew.Sambisa forest: hashtagbringout-theamericans: Now, it must be that the American experts who recently came to help us either got lost in the Sambisa forest or they were on a different covert mission of their own. Which provokes the suspicion that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria seems to have gained more ground, garnered momentum and become more audacious after the Americans practically forced their way to the forest last June' Remember the unprecedented global orchestration of the kidnapped Chibok school girls affair; remember how the American political elite had found a common ground over Chibok and how eminent leaders like John Mccain and Hilary Clinton had railed against Nigerias leadership suggesting there is a vacuum' Recall that Nigerians, including President Goodluck Jonathan, were relieved when the Americans practically forced their way into the Sambisa fray' We still remember that they promised to send intelligence personnel and sophisticated surveillance equipment and planes to help pick out the rascals from that small forest area and rescue the girls'Where on earth are the Americans and all the allied nations that rushed purportedly to help Nigeria rescue the Chibok girls and stem the insurgency' All we heard was that the Americans and the Brits were here to offer superior intelligence and spy wares. Not another word after that except the rumour mill which buzzed that the Americans had to leave in frustration as they could not live with the numbing corruption in our system. Really' That does sound mighty fishy doesnt it'As Boko Haram rolls out the tanks of warfare:Is it possible that our friends merely sought opportunity for reconnoiter and to plant coordinate surveillance devices for future strategic uses' Is it not worrisome that the so-called Boko Haram has suddenly transformed from daggers, rifles and IEDs to rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), rocket launchers and armored personnel carriers (APCs)' It will not be a terrifically smart deduction that BH will introduce stealth jetfighters and bombers to the war next. Is it not strange that since the Americans joined this war, the BH army has grown from under-cover attacks of boys schools and herding away of young girls at night to overrunning a crack mobile police academy, chasing a battalion of Nigerian soldiers across the border, 80 kilometres into the Cameroons and declaring a Caliphate Republic of Gwoza within the enclave of Nigeria. Is it by coincidence that since the Americans joined this war in June, this rag-tag BH army now seems to be imbued with better intelligence, to be better organised and have persistently out-gunned Nigerian soldiers']]>
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