July 29, 2014
By Ameh Comrade Godwin
The United States government yesterday expressed disappointment over Nigerian Government’s poor attitude towards the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.
Th US also faulted the Goodluck Jonathan’s led administration over its failure to adequately equip and train security forces to contain violent extremist groups in the north.
This was made known in the International Religious Report for 2013, and released in Washington DC, yesterday.
He said, “The government also failed to protect victims of violent attacks targeted because of their religious beliefs or for other reasons,” the report said.
It noted that federal, state, and local authorities did not effectively address underlying political, ethnic, and religious grievances leading to the violence.
“Recommendations from numerous government-sponsored panels for resolving ongoing ethno-religious disputes in the Middle Belt included establishing truth and reconciliation committees, redistricting cities, engaging in community sensitization, and ending the dichotomy between indigenes and settlers. Nationwide practice distinguished between indigenes, whose ethnic group was native to a location, and settlers, who had ethnic roots in another part of the country.
It was further noted that the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, or “people committed to the propagation of the prophet’s teachings and jihad” continued to commit violent acts in the quest to overthrow the government and impose its own religious and political beliefs throughout the country, especially in the north.
“Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 persons during the year. The group targeted a wide array of civilians and sites, including Christian and Muslim religious leaders, churches, and mosques, using assault rifles, bombs, improvised explosive devices, suicide car bombs, and suicide vests.
“An attack on the Emir of Kano in January was widely believed to be an attempt by Boko Haram to silence the anti-extremist Muslim leader, although the group did not officially claim responsibility. On September 28, Boko Haram killed at least 50 mostly Muslim students at a technical college in rural Yobe State. After this and other incidents, security forces faced public criticism for arriving at the scene hours after the assailants had fled.
“Government attempts to stop Boko Haram were largely ineffective. Actions taken by security forces under the state of emergency, declared in May in the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, often increased the death toll, as bystanders were caught in crossfire during urban gunfights, security forces committed extrajudicial killings of suspected terrorists, and detainees died in custody,” the report stated.