Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A failing state?

Charlotte Alfred, writing in the Huffington Post, offers this summary of demonstrations of Nigeria's capacities and incapacities.

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since
On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire… Their abduction sparked global outrage and a huge campaign calling for their rescue, partly propelled by the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

Sunday marks five months since the girls were kidnapped. Here's what has happened since.

Not one student has been rescued

Even though they were reportedly located months ago: In May, a Nigerian military official claimed he knew where the girls were being held. A month later, U.S. surveillance planes also spotted a group that officials believed to be the girls.

Other countries have made little progress

Meanwhile, the girls' hometown is still in danger

And Boko Haram violence rages on

Nigeria’s military has buckled under pressure...

And been accused of grave human rights abuses

While the country worries about its image problem: Nigeria's government paid a Washington public relations firm more than $1.2 million to change the media narrative surrounding the schoolgirls' abduction…

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