Employing a strategy of terror, Boko Haram, an al Qaeda brand of terrorist organization is attacking anyone that is aligned with the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has failed to deploy troops and security personnel to combat the threat. While developed nations including China are planning to help, Boko Haram is proceeding to kill at rate of over 300 in one attack. Boko Haram appears to be well armed, well supplied, and trained in their methods. The challenge is to capture or kill their leaders and to eliminate the participants, their supplies and logistics.
“Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sin" in the local Hausa language. The group has said it wants a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa's most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.
The militants have even been known to kill Muslim clerics who dare criticize them.”
It is easy to inflict terror on undefended people living in remote areas where the Nigerian government has failed to provide security. The battle for hearts and minds is one that begins with the Nigerian government demonstrating viability to its citizens. Other nations can and must help before the scourge of these terrorists develops and spreads. This is another instance of what happens when populations are left to fend for themselves in remote regions of the world.
Who are in charge in Nigeria?
President Goodluck Jonathan, President Federal Republic of Nigeria