As you know we have dared to ask many questions that the media won’t ask when researching the violence in Africa and the Middle East. There have been very disturbing reports coming not only from Syria, Central African Republic, but also Nigeria. In the most recent attack, Boko Haram entered a village and attacked a boarding school, burning it to the ground with students and others still inside. It was reported that they separated the girls from the boys. Telling the girls to run away and get married, just as their brand of sharia law calls for. Women are not allowed any other life except marriage. The very name Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sinful.‘ It was also reported that they separated Christians from Muslims, but these stories of religious separation are not widely reported.
Today in the Christian Science Monitor they asked the question, ‘Where was the Nigerian Army’? That’s a question that we all want answered. It was reported that the security forces didn’t arrive for at least 2 hours. Reports claim they ‘slaughtered some like rams.’ (More) As the Government struggles for answers, they’re coming under fire. Where was the army? In the CAR they are struggling with the same questions. This article from the Fides agency sheds a little light on what they would like to do with the army in Nigeria.
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Nigeria is still shocked after the killing of more than 40 students in a dormitory of the government run Buni-Yadi college in the north eastern state of Yobe, during the night of 25 February. The assailants, probably members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, spared the girls but set fire to the dormitory where the boys were sleeping. Those trying to escape were killed in cold blood.
Attempting to give a sign of commitment to the general public, the Nigerian Senate has ordered army chief of staff Major General Kenneth Minimah, to move his office temporarily to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, one of the three states with Yobe and Adamawa where a state of emergency was imposed in May 2013 to facilitate the task of the armed forces to hunt down Boko Haram.
The Nigerian Senate has also charged Major General Minimah to tighten security measures in schools in areas of Boko Haram violence, which has caused thousands to flee to neighbouring Niger, where the situation is very precarious. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 27/2/2014
It’s hard to understand why the UN has not demanded more forces sent to Nigeria, and the CAR. In Nigeria, the Boko Haram, a ruthless band of rebels with ties to Al-queda brandishing their own vicious brand of murderous religous law. And in the CAR the army has been rendered virtually helpless in controlling the violence. French troops and African Union troops are helping there, but still the weapons smuggling and kidnapping trades run rampant along side fleeing refugees. There are worries that if they don’t get a handle on things soon, other groups like Boko Haram will enter through their porous borders. It’s an established fact that the Lord’s Resistance Army has operated in this area. And a weapons shipment was intercepted recently on the Camaroon border on the way to the Boko Haram in Nigeria.
There are those in Nigeria who are trying to help and are ministering to the victims and their families. But they are under constant danger. The public is fearful, and are growing weary from the violence. Why these groups want to constantly attack defenseless children, we will never understand. But the attacks continue and grow in frequency. Pray for the leaders of these regions, pray for peace, pray for calm, and pray for protection, comfort and strength for the weak, innocent and our Brothers and Sisters.
Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria accused of killing sleeping children(The Guardian)
Credit to Wikimedia Commons for Map : Nigerian states by population density, english version of map from german wikipedia [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Bev%C3%B6lkerungsdichte_Nigerischer_Bundesstaaten.png]
By VOP Advocates L.Kanalos/C.Refsland