On the 27th of March, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria assured that the Boko Haram menace will be brought to a conclusive end by the middle of this year (about now). He made this statement during an interview with a South Korean news agency – Yonhap News Agency. The president was in South Korea for a two-day summit on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
About a couple of weeks later the Boko Haram sect came out with their own counter statement, promising Nigerians that in order to prove the president wrong, they would carry out a series of coordinated mass strikes in June in the country. Here we are today; who is delivering on their promises? Boko Haram or GEJ? A lot has been said by the presidency about the plans in place to put a permanent end to this mayhem. But nothing is being seen in terms of concrete actions or results. Lives are being wasted everyday by this sect.
In this month of June alone about two hundred (200) lives have been lost to Boko Haram-related crisis in the country. If the battle was really between the government and the sect, it would have really been a different ball game. But who is dying? The masses; innocent citizens.
There is also the wrong notion that Nigerians have about the whole scenario: people are asking “government versus Boko Haram, who is winning?” But is there really a fight going on between these two? Do you win a battle you are not fighting? We dare ask: is the government really fighting the Boko Haram? Or better still, is the Boko Haram even fighting the government?