The Nigerian population has been through a lot recently. In a previous post, I highlighted how President Jonathan removed oil subsidies for his people with mounting pressure from the Nigeria Labour Congress and the World Trade Organization, causing the price of gas to rise drastically. With the majority of Nigerian citizens living on just $2 per day, you can imagine the effect this had on the population. Because of this, the people decided to hit the streets and protest.
It’s been a tough few months for President Jonathan and more importantly the Nigerian population. They’ve been dealing with attacks from a radical Islamic group that goes by the name Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is sacrilege.” Boko Haram is a terrorist group modeled after the Taliban of Afghanistan. It feels as though it is bringing justice to the people who have wronged them. To be particular, it has focused its attacks on police, military and government buildings. More recently it attacked Christians. Boko Haram feels as though it has been neglected economically and violence is its way to draw attention to these injustices.
Jonathan previously expressed concerns over these terrorists from the northern part of the country and the possibility that they have infiltrated the Nigerian government. I thought this was going to lead to Jonathan using his military and policemen to intimidate his population under the guise of “fighting terrorism”—the same thing the American government has been doing in full force since the attacks of 9/11. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful except for about 12 people who were shot. Some sources said the figures were around four persons killed, but for the most part, the protests were handled well by the president.
But that wouldn’t last for long.
On Saturday, Boko Harma lead an attack on Nigeria’s second largest city, Kano. They placed bombs in several cars and buildings. The blasts killed 185 people, but the numbers continue to rise as we speak. Twenty-nine policemen, three intelligence officers, two immigration officers and many more civilians were among the dead. Boko Haram attacked police stations, immigration offices and the headquarters of Kano’s secret police. The police said they found 10 car bombs and over 300 bombs around the city made from aluminum cans.
With scrutiny staring Jonathan in the face, he has been forced to take action. Security measures have been issued in Kano including a curfew that lasts from 7 pm to 6 am.
With rising levels of illiteracy, poverty and government frustration, the country has been the fertile ground needed for Occupy Nigeria to take root. Recently, Occupy Nigeria and the hacker group Anonymous have declared war on the terrorist group. Occupy Nigeria and Anonymous are working to bring the terrorist group to justice. They had this to say about their war on Boko Haram:
We will use this database we create, and along with Amnesty International we will provide evidence to the ICC in the Hague. If the Nigerian government can not catch and bring to justice these despicable people, then Anonymous and the world will.