Is Boko Haram Africa’s worst story of last decade? - CNBC Africa

Is Boko Haram Africa’s worst story of last decade?

Western Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Amnesty's Southern Africa director Deprose Muchena says response by the Nigerian state has been shambolic. PHOTOS: developmentdiaries

Amnesty International has come out guns blazing attacking the Nigerian government for failing to be pro-active enough to curb persistent killing of civilians in the country by Islamic militant group, Boko Haram.

It is one year after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from Chibok town, the girls are still missing and the incoming president said he cannot promise that he will find the missing girls.

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According to Amnesty, Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of the year, turning them into wives, sex slaves and fighters.

“The situation remains very bad and today (Tuesday 14 April) is the day we remember the full scale of atrocities Boko Haram has committed on Nigerian societies,” Amnesty’s Southern Africa director, Deprose Muchena told CNBC Africa.

“The Chibok girls represent only a fraction of what has been happening to women, children young girls and boys as Boko Haram continues to cause a reign of terror especially in the Northern part of Nigeria,” he added.

Muchena lamented the lax response by the Nigerian government saying more could have been done.

“The response by the Nigerian state and government has been shambolic; there has not been decisive action to combat Boko Haram actions,” Muchena said.


“Crimes against humanity continue to be committed everyday by Boko Haram and there are no investigations being done to bring to book perpetrators.”

Muchena said there are also crimes against humanity being committed by the Nigerian military.

The newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari said he cannot promise that the missing Chibok girls will be found. This could be another story, another statistics but the reality remains that some people are still unaccounted for.