The country of Nigeria remains shocked as Islamist insurgents in the Northeastern Borno state abduct more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school. The abductors are believed to belong to the terrorist Islamic group Boko Haram who have attacked schools in the northeast of the country before.
The attack happened on the same day as one the deadliest bomb attacks in the capital of Abuja. Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is under immense pressure to stop further attacks especially with elections are due to take place in February. The attacks are posing a growing security risk for Nigeria, one of Africa’s growing top oil producers and Africa’s leading economy.
Attacks by Boko Haram have targeted police, military and government posts as well as schools and churches, killing over 2,000 people in the last six months alone!
The Nigerian government is due to host the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja next month which will be attended by African heads of state and business leaders. The government plan to deploy more than 6,000 police and soldiers to protect participants.
The Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said security agencies were investigating Monday’s bombing. She informed Reuters that:
“Our security planning for the World Economic Forum on Africa is already well under way and will be the largest security operation ever mounted in this country for an international summit.”
Abuja residents shared their frustration and anger at the government’s plans, questioning why the government is so quick to protect their high profile guests when priority should also be given to their own people following these attacks.
Nigeria’s 170 million people are split between Muslims living largely in the north and Christians mostly in the south, the Nigerian government continues to struggle to protect its own people.
Posted by Amanda Hopkins