Chika Otuchikere – Leadership – Friday, 09 May 2014 (originally published 08 May)
At last, the international community is coming into the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents. CHIKA OTUCHIKERE looks at the intervention as the last straw that would break the Boko Haram’s back.
What can be described as quasi-warfare is about to breakout between Nigeria, the global community, on one side and the now dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, their sponsors and sympathizers, on the other side. The Boko Haram insurgents on the midnight of 14 April 2014, forcefully took away 276 female students from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Reports from Maiduguri said the insurgents, clad in military camouflages, loaded the girls, age ranging from 16 to 18 into trucks and drove them some hundreds of kilometers into a forest.
Parents and others took to social media to complain about the government’s perceived slow and inadequate response. Most of the affected parents were afraid to speak publicly for fear their daughters would be targeted for reprisal.Following invigorated protests held in major Western cities, including USA Britain and Canada, using the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls, the international community moved with assistance . . .