Nigerian Schoolgirls: Boko Haram’s Kidnappers Thrive in a Land Without Law

Richard Dowden, Telegraph (London), May 7, 2014

Where in the world would the disappearance of more than 240 schoolgirls have been ignored by the world’s press for almost two weeks? The answer is Borno state in north-east Nigeria. Had they died in a plane crash or a sinking ferry anywhere in the world it would have been global front-page news that day.

So why wasn’t it? Because north-east Nigeria is one of the most neglected, least governed, least visited places on the planet.

Tucked in the top-right-hand corner of Nigeria, it backs on to Chad and Niger. You are unlikely to pass through it unless heading for the Sahara desert. It is hot and dry and provides just enough food to feed its rapidly growing population. There are no jobs. Education is dire. When primary school teachers in the area were tested by sitting the primary school leaving exam recently, almost two thirds of them failed.

When news broke of the kidnapping of the girls from a boarding school at Chibok, people began to question the Nigerian government about the incident. President Goodluck Jonathan did not seem to understand what the fuss was about. While a US presidential spokesman in Washington described the incident as “an outrage”, President Jonathan mumbled that it was “unfortunate”. He was later photographed visiting a victim of Boko Haram–the Islamist militant group that has claimed responsibility for the schoolgirls’ abduction–looking away with his hand in his pocket.

And when one of the mothers got to meet the president’s wife, Patricia, to complain that the government was not doing enough, she was promptly arrested.

A reaction of such indifference partly explains the growing success of Boko Haram. An Islamic sect founded 12 years ago, its leader, Muhammed Yussuf, was arrested then murdered by the police in detention in 2009. His followers fled across the border to Niger and were, I am told, met by al-Qaeda operatives who gave them money and trained them in bomb-making.

Immediately the movement launched car-bomb attacks in the capital, Abuja. A suicide car bomber–previously unheard-of fanaticism in money-minded Nigeria–blew up the police headquarters. Another killed 23 people at the UN headquarters there. Since then, Boko Haram activists have carried out assassinations from motorbikes, let off bombs in markets and attacked churches. In one day in 2012 in Kano, it killed 135 people. In all more than 2,000 people have died at its hands.

One reason for its success may come from closer to home. Local politicians and army officers began to make contact with Boko Haram and do business with them. There are reliable reports of senior members of the Nigerian army delivering weapons to Boko Haram by helicopter.

Nigeria’s gangs are usually for hire or can be bought off. Remember those in the Niger Delta a few years ago whizzing around in speedboats brandishing heavy machineguns and draped in bullets? It was Goodluck Jonathan who ended that uprising by buying off the militants, giving many of them jobs on his presidential staff in Abuja. The Delta is now quiet.

But Boko Haram has a bigger agenda, based on its religious ideology. And the heavy-handed tactics of the Nigerian army alienated the local population, who might have helped give information about the group. One Nigerian I spoke to from Maidugri said a typical raid by the special task force would be a sweep in an area, rounding up young men, beating them, even killing some. Then they would do a house-to-house search, stealing what they wanted.

Fortunately that task force has been disbanded and replaced by a newly created army division. But there have been no reports of any successes in finding the girls or the Boko Haram camps. Convoys of Boko Haram vehicles and bikes can still speed around openly.

Nigeria was proclaimed recently to have the largest economy in Africa. It also has by far the largest population, at an estimated 170 million. Most of its people live in poverty, however, because government income comes from oil, from which a few benefit but none has to work or pay taxes. State income just flows from the oil companies. Loyalty is easily rewarded and opposition can–usually–be bought off. The trouble with Boko Haram is that it can’t.

The pressing problem facing the president and his wife is getting re-elected next year. With some $20 billion missing from the oil account according to the–now sacked–governor of the central bank, Lamido Sanusi, it is clear, some may surmise, that Jonathan feels the need for a substantial war chest. But in running again he is breaking with an unwritten convention that was established after years of military rule by northern generals. It is that the presidency should rotate between north and south and no president should stay for more than two five-year terms. President Olusegun Obasanjo, a southerner, was replaced by Umaru Yar’Adua, a northerner, in 2007. He died in office in 2010 and his deputy, Mr Jonathan, a southerner, completed his term and then ran for the presidency the following year. Now he wants to run again but has he had two terms or one?

If he does stand and win, the north will feel even more deprived and neglected and Boko Haram will receive a bonus. Not that a northern president would be able to stop them, but a northern Muslim president could do more to reassure the population that they are listened to, protected and cared for than a southern Christian from the Delta who has been the weakest Nigerian president so far.

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  • DaveMed

    Not our people.

    Not our problem.

    By the way, David Cameron and Michelle Obama: you can’t solve a 1400-year problem with a hashtagged remark.

    • Judging from the silence of Je$$e Jack$on and Al $harpton on this issue, they have apparently decided that it’s not their problem, either.

      • It would be Jesse’s and Al’s problem if there were money in it.

        • RisingReich

          I’m sure they are scheming a way.

      • JohnEngelman

        They haven’t yet figured out how to blame this on white racism and the legacy of European colonialism.

        • Lagerstrom

          Oh, I dunno John. All they have to do is simply say it. They’ve been a bit slower than usual though.

      • Lagerstrom

        Not ‘their’ girls after all, eh?

    • Lagerstrom

      I reckon Sean Penn thinks he can.

  • dd121

    They all converted to Islam so I guess everything’s okay now.

  • Puggg

    There’s plenty of law in that part of Nigeria.

    It’s all Sharia though.

  • IstvanIN

    I bet more than 240 Afrikaner girls have been murdered in South Africa.

    • saxonsun

      And I bet if these girls were white, Obama would ignore them.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Boko Harem is holding 130 of the girls hostage in exchange for BH members who have been imprisoned.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    If Nigeria was majority white, it would be a highly developed economic powerhouse with one of the largest, most dynamic economies in the world. But because it’s full of bantu, Nigeria is a third world hell filled with the usual chaos typical of bantu-run societies.

    • If Nigeria was a white nation, the beaches would have more resorts and fewer abandoned, rusting shipwrecks.

      • IstvanIN

        They’re even too lazy to chop it up and sell it for scrap.

        • Kenner

          Bantus see it as beachfront property.

        • Ron Cheaters

          Why work when there’s free gib’s to be had.

        • Even the radars are still there. I count three radar antennae: one on top of the pilot house in front of the mast, and one on each of the two mast platforms. There’s probably a fortune in other equipment and fittings that could be salvaged out of that wreck: the diesel engines, electrical generators, electric motors from the capstains and steering gear, the bronze propeller (valuable because of the copper in it), a couple miles of electrical wiring, which would also contain copper, the galley equipment, electric pumps, light fixtures, a good marine radio-transmitter, the list goes on.

          • IstvanIN

            They aren’t even smart enough to figure that out. Actually I am surprised it isn’t over run with boys playing navy. When I was a kid we would have had a great time (if we weren’t caught).

          • They probably also aren’t bright enough to consider that when that wreck’s diesel fuel tanks rust through, there’s going to be a good-sized oil leak in the area.

          • Lagerstrom

            A bigger and better version of the deserted businesses in Detroit.

      • Lagerstrom

        Great pic!

    • rowingfool

      For Nigeria to become majority white, groups like Boko Haram would have to turn a Whiter Shade of Pale.

  • For once I agree with Goodluck Jonathan: What’s all the fuss about?

    What Jonathan and I failed to comprehend is the incredible narcissism of Michelle Obama, her followers, and their narcissistic love of having their pictures everywhere on the Internet holding little signs.

    Where is any white politician holding a sign bemoaning the fate of South Africa’s white children? All politicians are pukes and scum. Entering that profession proves it. There will be no politician supporting white children against blacks because there’s no votes in it for them.

    • Ron Cheaters

      But… what about the power of the hashtag?

  • Romulus

    I simply don’t give a flying _________!

    If the entire country was wiped out by pestilence or natural catastrophe , I still wouldn’t care. The only reason America gives a rat’s behind about nigeria, is because it is an OIL producing/exporting country.

    • IstvanIN

      We could pump it ourselves if the Nigerians all disappeared. Actually we could buy Nigerian oil even if the whole country went Sharia and we didn’t impose our standards on them or bring them here.

      • Romulus

        Britain is also a slave to middle eastern oil as the north sea slope went into depletion in the early 2000’s.
        In some of much much older posts, I discussed the west’s dependency on middle eastern oil. Britain let the lockerbie bomber go as a good will stunt, because at the time Britain received a big portion of it’s oil from Libya.

        • MikeofAges

          Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was given compassionate release in 2009 due to a diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer. Took him three years to croak, though, calling the whole idea into question.

          Due to issues with the evidence, what al-Megrahi’s role in the bombing was might be uncertain, but you can be sure he had one. al-Megrahi was 37 years old when the Lockerbie bombing occurred. He was not a teenager who had been given an excessive sentence for a petty crime or due to getting caught up in a drug plot.

          • Romulus

            Yes Michael, that is the official story that I read in all the papers too.
            The necessary inputs to run a resource poor island nation like Britain means it has to make trade agreements that it might not otherwise do in good conscience.

            The brits also have a HUGE Muslim population. So it’s either make nice nice with those that have the supply of inputs to keep the machinations of their infrastructure and economy moving or let it collapse into civil chaos when the economy runs out of gas and/or the means to generate power.

            The biggest reason for Britains decline is it’s loss of it’s richest geographic colonies.

          • MikeofAges

            I can’t entirely judge a proceeding that took place in another country, a long time ago. So I have to maintain a reserve of uncertainty about it. His so-called “compassionate release” is a little easier to assess. Judge the cause by the effect. No one with three years left in their life gets compassionate release after playing a principal role in a mass murder. As noted, he was not a teenager who got into something over his head.

            By the way, I don’t go by Michael. No one around me calls me that.

          • Romulus

            Excuse the formal use of your proname. I try to remember to use good social graces. I don’t always succeed with respects to my comment history.

            I don’t go by Romulus in private life either.

          • Martel

            Fortunately my name is not Martel either, as it is the Dutch word for ”torture”.

          • Romulus

            You’d be surprised how many of Europe’s descendants don’t know that over here. (USA)
            Or anything about any of our most famous ancestors.

            In April, the premiere issue of Mjolnir came out for sale. They contributors would do well to resurrect europes heroes whoever they are. If you tell the history the right way, you can instill pride instead of old divisions.
            Focusing on the unique perspectives but a common ancestral and genetic heritage.
            It will also be easier the more the bloodlines shrink or become amalgamated.

          • MikeofAges

            Worse yet, I’m of paternal Jewish descent. For the record however, I would want only to live in an Anglo-Saxon or Nordic republic. With enough money, I might try somewhere in Latin America. A lot of Americans do that. Life is different when you have money. If nothing else, you have money.

            But I have turned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dictum upside. I’ve created trauma in the live of some of wealthy people and then disappeared into a place when they cannot go, a multiracial slum. But this stuff only happened because they overreached and didn’t know how to back off. They did eventually but it took years.

            There’s still one person with whom I have a irremediable grudge relationship after almost 40 years though. Beyond fixing.

          • Britain’s role as Europe’s center for financial services also makes them vulnerable to blackmail. As an example, Israel had helped the British MoD design the Chieftain tank, with an eye to importing it to replace their older British-built Centurions in front line units and relegate the Centurions to the reserves, but British officials were forced to cancel the agreement in 1969 under the threat of a massive Arab financial boycott. The result, of course was that the IDF went on to begin development of the Merkava tank in 1973 as a substitute. This project was headed by General Tal, who had earlier been the main Israeli contributor to Chieftain development.

  • Romulus

    On another note,…… If their ever was any doubt who is behind the homosexual agenda, take a look at the Megan Kelly interview With tribe member Whitman and the fella from the family research center. 9pm Mon 12 may 2014

    • Ahnenerbe

      Ah that FOX news is jew to the core, methinks Murdoch is really a Talmudist

      • Romulus

        They have all the money. Always have. That’s why their referred to as the banking clan.

        Any future movement on our part will undoubtedly have to include them reluctantly because of their wealth,power and influence. Ours cannot effectively amass a counter approach without the resources($).
        Needless to say that their future involvement is why you see the rainbow right coalition forming (my words) and the non stop invocation of equating whites to nazis.

        See if you can find the exerpt video of the white priceless conference that was paid for with our (taxpayer) money.

        • mikebowen55

          If we include the tribe we might as well just give up now for surely that is the same thing.

          • Romulus

            Not necessarily.
            It all depends on the terms of the arrangement.

    • IstvanIN

      The FRC is pro-non White, pro-explosive African populations, anti-racist and believes in Judeo-Christianity.

      • Romulus

        *sigh* The FRC too? Yep, the Fox guys love growing around that term. The implication is, of course, that the Christians and tribe are one.
        Never mind the facts of history. A modern retooling of the “Southern” voting strategy employed by both Nixon and Reagan.
        Appeal to the Christians and their faith, with a good dose of patriotic platitudes to sway opinion and form the protective alliance with them.

        Expect more trolls and “new” posters herein. Witness more supportive commentary of homosexuals and others as the demographics shrinks further. More will be moving to the “right”. This has already occurred in Europe. America is a bit behind the curve because our nation is by far bigger than any individual European one. We are further from the source (Africa & middle east) as well. Europe is much further down the rabbit hole, so their movements are gaining traction.

        Notice some that are at the forefront.

  • Adolf Verloc

    “There are reliable reports of senior members of the Nigerian army delivering weapons to Boko Haram by helicopter.” There was a recent picture of the leader of Boko Haram riding around in an armored personnel carrier. They don’t sell those at Carmax, not even in Lagos.

    Anyway, the real question here is how Boko Haram went from doing “A Whiter Shade of Pale” to kidnapping schoolgirls in Nigeria 🙂

    • Lagerstrom

      Anyway, the real question here is how Boko Haram went from doing “A
      Whiter Shade of Pale” to kidnapping schoolgirls in Nigeria 🙂

      The drummer must have got bored. They often do. Wasn’t allowed to switch instrument.


    As Rush Limbaugh was recently chastised for saying, “they’re not our girls”! And as I say to myself every time I hear something mentioned about these “girls” “WHO CARES?”!

    Even if they were 200 black “girls” kidnapped from the south side of Chicago I would still be saying “WHO CARES?” And to be honest, in that case. I would also be saying “GOOD RIDDANCE” as well as “WHO CARES?”!

  • HJ11

    They are not my kind. I don’t care what happens to them. I practice indifference and non-interference towards non-Whites.