Western powers main beneficiaries of Nigeria’s deepening insecurity
Western powers are the main beneficiaries of the deepening insecurity in Nigeria and the government’s failure to protect civilians from the Boko Haram terrorist group in the West African country.
Many in Nigeria are criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari's government for its ineffective response against terrorism and kidnappings.
Buhari began his time as president in 2015 by concentrating on combatting the country's extremist groups and militants. He declared victory against Boko Haram in 2016, but many say that was a premature announcement as the insurgency continues.
Some observers say the growing insecurity in northern Nigeria will hinder economic development and progress in that region, where Muslims are the majority.
The US and some Western nations have helped to create and support terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda to wreak havoc in Muslim countries located in West Asia and North Africa.
Earlier in December, Boko Haram released more than 300 schoolboys less than a week after kidnapping them in a stark reminder of its 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls.
Just two days after the freed boys were brought to Katsina, 80 other students were kidnapped in a nearby area, but then were quickly rescued by police and local self-defense groups.
Northeastern Nigeria has been wracked by years of violence involving clashes between rival communities over land, attacks by heavily-armed criminal gangs, and reprisal killings by vigilante groups.
Boko Haram and other terrorist groups have also increasingly targeted loggers, herders, and fishermen in their violent campaign.
More than 30,000 people have been killed and nearly three million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram violence in Nigeria, according to the United Nations (UN)'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Boko Haram's violence has spilled over into the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, which have created a joint military force to fight the terrorists.