Government trying to control Boko Haram

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Nigeria

 The government has been receiving a lot of flack from how they are trying to take care of the Boko Haram terrorist group. 

Nigeria’s military has always taken a lot of blame on civilian death toll but has never really commented on what the numbers have actually been. They havent even agreed that they have caused a ton of civilian casualties when dealing with Boko Haram terrorism.

But they now have a new “Ground Zero” in their war against Boko Haram. The fishing town of Baga near Lake Chad is the site of the most brutal attack by the Islamist insurgents since the start of their terrorist activity. A total of 185 people died, most of them civilians. This has been disputed by the military who say that only 37 died and that most were Boko Haram members. The 185 number comes from members of the town who many say have dead family members.

Boko Haram was very well armed during the attack. They were using IEDs and a “sophisticated rocket-propelled grenade which caused the thatch-roof houses to catch fire”.

This attack also is concerning because insurgents from Niger and Chad also seemed to be involved. This shows the growing links between jihadist groups in the area, something that has not been common so far.

A recent survey of how the government needs to deal with Boko Haram: (taken by the Guardian, a Nigerian newspaper)

Should the Federal Government grant amnesty to Boko Haram?

  • No, they have killed innocents and should be brought to book (48%, 233 Votes)
  • No, the government should instead compensate all victims of Boko Haram carnage (19%, 92 Votes)
  • I don’t care what government does; it should just provide security (17%, 81 Votes)
  • Yes, it could bring peace (16%, 78 Votes)
  • There is no basis for amnesty as Boko Haram already rejected it (14%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 481

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