Boko Haram: Nigeria No Longer Has Control of Security - UK Guardian Reports

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  • Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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  • Following the recent attacks on a Catholic church in Bauchi Sate by the radical terror group Boko Haram, a report attributed to the UK Guardian suggests that Nigeria has lost total control of it's security.

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    Some top government officials spoke in anonymity to the UK Guardian and declared their lost of faith in the fight against the radical terror group. They fear that the current small scale attacks happening all over the norther regions of Nigeria would one day degenerate into large scale attacks with high causalities.

    "We have a serious problem in Nigeria and there is no sense that the government has a real grip," one of the top government officials explained to the UK Guardian. "The situation is not remotely under control. It is just a matter of time before we see more large-scale attacks that pose a significant threat to national security, and now Nigeria's economic growth is also at risk." He continued.

    The radical group which started it's operations in Nigeria in 2003 is believed to have improved upon their mode of operation and technicality and has over the years attracted funding and support from other terrorist groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Shabaab.

    Since the killing of Boko Haram leader Muhammad Yusuf in 2009, the group has lunched a deadly campaign of church bombing that has left hundreds dead and many displaced. 

    "These acts are a reaction against decades of neglect," another source close to the government said. "There are similar factors to what we saw driving revolution in the Arab spring. 

    The problem of insinceartiy exists amongs the Nigeria security forces, "Some members of the security forces have been working as double agents," said Adunola Abiola, founder of Think Security Africa, a thinktank specialising in security issues in Africa.  

    Weather or not, neglect is responsible for the continued growth of Boko Haram, Government must play a critical role in ensuring that lives and properties of her citizens are protected. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Nigeria.

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