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Nigeria Has Lost Its Fight Against Terrorism – USA

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Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan (left)
and American Presiden, Barrack Obama
(right)

In the US International Religious Report for
2013, released on 28 July, secretary of state
John F. Kerry strongly criticized the
Goodluck Jonathan-led administration for
being too slow to prevent and react to the
communal or religious-based violence. Also
one of the reasons for such connivance in
the country was named poorly equipped
and trained security forces responsible for
suppression of extremist groups in the
north.
Here’s only a small part of claims made to
the federal government:
1) The government also failed to protect
victims of violent attacks targeted because
of their religious beliefs or for other
reasons.
2) Legal proceedings against five police
officers charged in 2011 with the
extrajudicial killing of Boko Haram leader
Mohammed Yusuf did not resume during
the year.
3) There were no indictments or
prosecutions following three fatal attacks on
high-profile Muslim leaders in late 2012.
4) Local and state authorities did not deliver
adequate protection or post-attack relief to
rural communities in the northeast, where
Boko Haram killed villagers and burned
churches throughout the year.
5) There is discrimination and a systematic
lack of protection by state governments,
especially in central Nigeria.
6) Federal, state, and local authorities did
not effectively address underlying political,
ethnic, and religious grievances leading to
this violence.
“In Nigeria, casualties and human
rights abuses associated with Boko
Haram attacks and the
government’s response escalated.
Boko Haram killed more than
1,000 people during the year. The
group targeted a wide array of
civilians and sites, including
Christian and Muslim religious
leaders, churches, and mosques,
often killing worshippers during
religious services or immediately
afterward. The federal
government was ineffective in
preventing or quelling the
violence, only occasionally
investigated, prosecuted, or
punished those responsible for
abuses related to religious
freedom, and sometimes
responded to violence with heavy-
handed tactics, which were
associated with both human rights
abuses and civilian casualties.
Over 10,000 people have fled to
neighboring countries as refugees,
fearing both Boko Haram and
sometimes the military.
Related: US Government Sent
Nigeria $20 Million To Fight Boko
Haram Since 2012
An attack on the Emir of Kano in
January was widely believed to be
an attempt by Boko Haram to
silence the anti-extremist Muslim
leader, although the group did
not officially claim responsibility.
On September 28, Boko Haram
killed at least 50 mostly Muslim
students at a technical college in
rural Yobe State. After this and
other incidents, security forces
faced public criticism for arriving
at the scene hours after the
assailants had fled. Government
attempts to stop Boko Haram
were largely ineffective. Actions
taken by security forces under the
state of emergency, declared in
May in the three northeastern
states of Borno, Yobe, and
Adamawa, often increased the
death toll, as bystanders were
caught in crossfire during urban
gunfights, security forces
committed extrajudicial killings of
suspected terrorists, and
detainees died in custody.”
It would be recalled that earlier the US
government was one of the first who
expressed its readiness to assist Nigeria in
fight against Boko Haram. It also designated
Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist
Organization (FTO) on November 14, 2013
“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by
Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime,
and we will do everything possible to
support the Nigerian Government to return
these young women to their homes and to
hold the perpetrators to justice. I will tell
you, my friends, I have seen this scourge of
terror across the planet, and so have you.
They don’t offer anything except violence.
They don’t offer a health care plan, they
don’t offer schools. They don’t tell you how
to build a nation; they don’t talk about how
they will provide jobs. They just tell people,
“You have to behave the way we tell you
to,” and they will punish you if you don’t, ”
Secretary of State John F. Kerry said.

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