Several thousand people have been slaughtered by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, as tensions grow with the oil rich nation approaching its presidential elections.
Earlier, it was reported that a suicide bombing by a girl believed to be as young as 10 years old took place in a mobile market in Posiskum. At least 20 people were killed and several others injured.
It is sporadic incidents such as these that have accumulated a concerning death toll linked to Boko Haram. It’s been estimated that since 2009, the death toll has surpassed 10,000 people.
But perhaps the deadliest of Boko Haram’s violence took place when the group infiltrated and seized the northwestern town of Baga, resulting in a death of around 2,000 people.
Last year, over 200 school girls were kidnapped by the militant group led by Boko Haram. President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to make Nigeria safe again, but stressed that this would not happen overnight. Despite several attempts, the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls has not yielded positive results to this day.
Because of Boko Haram’s violence, several thousand people have fled their homes and are displaced. Many have sought refuge in Chad.
Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos and president of the Nigerian Bishops Conference, voiced his concerns that the Nigerian government is “dilly dallying” in fighting Boko Haram. He also stressed that the West needs to take heed of these attacks and do something before it grows into a threat that affects the world.
In February, President Jonathan will run against Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler. Democracy is relatively young in Nigeria, having gone uninterrupted for only 15 years.
"I can smell a lot more trouble. It's not going to be confined to this region. It's going to expand. It will get to Europe and elsewhere," warned Archbishop Kaigam.