Opinion: Africa’s most populous country on the brink of collapse, by Simon Ateba

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For those who are not paying attention, things are deteriorating in Nigeria. Nigeria is a country in West Africa with a population of about 180 million people. It’s the most populous black nation on earth with oil and gold but also gargantuan challenges.

Last night, at about 7 p.m. local time, Boko Haram terrorists stormed an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, a locality in the northeastern state of Borno, and killed several United Nations aid workers, kidnapped some and killed many soldiers. The full picture is not yet known.

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Last week Monday, at about the same time, Boko Haram stormed a school with over 900 girls in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe, and kidnapped at least 110 of them. They remain missing till date.

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On the Cameroonian side of the border, the killings and attacks are virtually every day. These attacks have increased in intensity in recent months.

They are coming a year to a presidential election in Nigeria, the same way they came in 2014 a year to a presidential election in 2015 when hundreds of girls were kidnapped in Chibok enraging the world, including the then United States First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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That mass kidnap was believed to have cost the former President Goodluck Jonathan the presidential election and painted him as a feckless leader.

Mr. Buhari, a retired Major-General, trash-talked Jonathan and came to power spitting fire and vowing to defeat Boko Haram and rescue the Chibok girls. He also promised to fight widespread and endemic corruption.

But in the end, his boasts amounted to naught. The economy collapsed. The naira weakened to its lowest ebb since independence in 1960 from brutal wicked Britain.

Boko Haram regrouped and began launching attacks again and kidnapping schoolgirls. Officially, Boko Haram says western education is evil and only a caliphate where pure Islam is taught and enforced would save the world.

But the real reason is oil around the Lake Chad Basin, and international players seem to be involved, supplying weapons and training for nine years now. Between 25, 000 and 100, 000 have been killed since 2009, millions have been displaced and thousands have been kidnapped and turned into either sex slaves or suicide bombers.

Things are bad and Nigeria and Cameroon and Chad and Niger need prayers right now, in addition to resources to deal with this monster.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning to make his first trip to Africa, details of the meeting would be given in Washington DC today. Mr. Tillerson should go beyond the “shithole” comment’s denial of his boss, President Donald Trump, and take the fight against Boko Haram seriously, the same way he takes ISIS. This should be done before Boko Haram spreads to the United States or the terrorists become strong enough to hit American targets in Africa.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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