Posts Tagged ‘boko haram nigeria’

Nigeria: the Imprint of Boko Haram on the Campaign

21.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Olabisi Shoaga The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and ...

Olabisi Shoaga

The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress of his main contender, the Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Secondly, they will be the first elections in which candidates’ campaigns not only center on the usual pledges to end poverty, unemployment, inequality and insecurity but also curb the violent Islamic insurgency in the North-East.

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Paris-France and Baga-Nigeria: Two Crimes, Two Standards

20.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Olabisi Shoaga International reaction to the attacks on the  satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week. While international leaders ...

Olabisi Shoaga

International reaction to the attacks on the  satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week. While international leaders and media fixated on the killings in Paris, sending messages of support and sympathy to the French people and authorities, the massacre in Nigeria was largely ignored even though the devastation was on a much broader scale and intensity. Asides from the killings, thousands of people were displaced and there was immense destruction of property. More carnage occurred a few days later when three young female suicide bombers were used to carry out attacks in crowded markets. Yet, there was a dearth of press coverage on the Nigerian tragical events. How this disproportion can be explained?

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