Nigeria - A Giant Harassed by "Boko Haram" Insurgents
Nigeria, proudly sitting on the West coast shoulder of Africa, is the most populous country on the continent. With an estimated 170 million inhabitants, it is indeed a human powerhouse for the region. On the economic front, Nigeria has also advanced to the frontlines, robbing shoulders with South Africa, and negotiating to become Africa’s Number. One economy. Some say it is already, at least on the tables of those who calculate those numbers.
But Nigerian villages and towns are not calm. Poverty, unemployment and corruption punctuate all corners. Lately, in the Northern region, for example, Boko Haram insurgents burn down villages, kidnap school girls, bomb church congregations, send out suicide bombers into crowded arenas, and threaten to destabilize public life by any means necessary. When the whole world rose up in protest over their kidnapping of hundreds of school girls, they openly threatened that they would sell them for cash, and credited that action to directives from Allah-God. That would not be the first time humans perpetrated atrocities in the name of God. Boko Haram’s terror is beginning to filter down to the South of the country where the population is very dense and “western education” a traditional value. No one should underestimate the nature of the next phase of this struggle.It should have been the priority of the government and world community to address the threats of Boko Haram long before now. Education for young boys and girls is a concrete way to fight off the effects of long-term poverty. Action Africa advocates for education as an essential value in the effort to uplift and stabilize human development in Africa