Fight Against Boko Haram Must Be International

Tegan Joseph Mosugu, Staff Writer

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their classrooms in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terror sect Boko Haram. Two years have passed, and the missing schoolgirls have still not been rescued or even located. There is speculation that some of the girls have either been displaced by Boko Haram to neighboring countries or forced into marriages with Boko Haram members. Based on the accounts of girls who escaped, we know that many of the girls were raped and now bear their captors’ children.

Nigeria’s response to the crisis has been disheartening. When the United States offered the much-needed intelligence and support in finding the girls, the Nigerian government flatly rejected them — Nigeria was perfectly capable of finding the girls themselves, they claimed. One year into a new administration, no progress has been made. In fact, there has been no concrete executive statement from the by President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration showing their commitment to fighting for and protecting the girls’ lives.

That is not to say the United States has been faultless in handling the crisis. Recently, the United States made a commitment of $40 million in humanitarian assistance to the four African nations — Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria — affected by Boko Haram. Although this sounds great, it could ultimately prove counterproductive in rescuing Boko Haram slaves. More often than not, foreign aid dumps fail to achieve their goals. Often, the aid fails to even reach its intended recipients. Every dollar has to trickle down past corrupt government officials and local leaders who each take a little bit for themselves.

In the wake of the second anniversary of the 276 missing Chibok girls, the international community must hold Nigeria accountable. As a Nigerian, I have witnessed on numerous occasions the voices of the masses being ignored by the world at large. Without a focused and appropriate response, this transnational crime against humanity could easily be swept under the rug. The international community, especially the United States and Great Britain, needs to put pressure on the government when it comes to getting our girls back — not only to keep up military efforts, but also to make sure that corruption and bureaucracy do not get in the way of justice. Nigeria must be at the forefront of the effort, but the two foreign giants of intelligence should provide ample support to military personnel on the ground.

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There is not much time left for these girls, and more wasted time and resources will do nothing to help the problem. The time for humanitarian assistance has come; however, it is important that we channel our resources in finding these girls before proceeding with other steps.

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1 COMMENT

  1. If it isn’t Boko Haram it is ISIS, and it it isn’t ISIS it is al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah and on and on and on…

    In fact if one reads the Qur’an and Hadiths it becomes obvious that Mohammed and his violent followers set an example for which Boko Haram is a natural outgrowth.

    And this brings me to the ugly truth about Boko Haram and what the West must do to stop it and all of Mohammed’s offshoots. We must be open, honest and forthright about Islam. We must embarrass Muslims with the truth about their violent, supremacist religion. And we must create a platform in which Muslims can leave their religion in droves, without fear of the sadistic and vicious apostasy laws,.

    Until we stop approaching Islam like Obama and his European allies do, i.e., pretending it is a religion of peace, tolerance and compassion when, in fact, it is the opposite; the Boko Harams of the world will never be stopped. They will morph from one Mohammed-like terrorist organization to the next just as the Taliban has morphed into ISIS.

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