Nigerian Militant Group Threatens to offer K By editor • May 6, 2014

Nigerian Militant Group Threatens to offer K By editor • May 6, 2014


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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: We want our girls. We would like our girls. We wish our girls. We wish our girls.

INSKEEP: we would like our girls, the chant of Nigerians outraged on the proven fact that as much as 276 girls remain lacking, three days once they had been abducted from a boarding college. Yesterday, the group that is militant Haram advertised obligation for the mass kidnapping.

We will explore this with Mannir Dan Ali, that has been after this story. He is the editor-in-chief associated with the frequent rely upon Abuja, Nigeria. He is regarding the relative line after that.

Welcome to the system, sir.

MANNIR DAN ALI: many thanks really.

INSKEEP: can it be roughly known, at the very least, where Boko Haram is keeping these a lot more than 200 girls, ladies?

ALI: Well, you can state they are someplace into the part that is northeastern of. And additionally they may be someplace in Chad and Cameroon. It really is now Day 22 for the abduction, no body is clear on who had them until yesterday whenever Boko Haram actually advertised obligation. But due to the duration of time, no body can be certain of where exactly they’ve been. You will find reports that which they may are taken into neighboring Cameroon or Chad.

INSKEEP: so they really might not take Nigeria any longer. Folks are uncertain. Now, you pointed out Boko Haram. Could you remind individuals what that group appears for and exactly why they might kidnap significantly more than 200 girls?

ALI: many people consider them become an extremist team who has no genuine claim to Islam. These groups have been against it, including killing – mass killings because most of the major tenets of the religion. And a lot of Muslims have already been distancing by themselves from this. In addition they believe that what they’re doing is merely dragging the title of this faith when you look at the mud.

However the team has killed 1000s of people over a five-year duration. During 2009 they started initially to wage their terror campaign. First it absolutely was symbols of authority: the authorities, regional officials and just just just what perhaps you have. They widened it to incorporate Islamic clerics whom condemn them, after which to also schoolchildren. They will have attended schools and slaughtered schoolchildren and from now on they will have visited abduct these schoolchildren.

They will have additionally completed committing suicide missions, a number of which took place the following in the money, Abuja, including during the U.N. Building during the police that is national – all in Abuja.

INSKEEP: Do they claim to own some objections especially to girls’ training?

ALI: they’ve been really in opposition to all education that is western. This is certainly the way they derive their title. Boko Haram means Education that is western should Be Condoned.

INSKEEP: Now, I want to ask you to answer, due to the fact united states of america has provided to assist find these kidnapped girls. The british secretary that is foreign a comparable offer with respect to Britain simply today. These provides of outside assistance are arriving in. But Nigeria has a substantial military. May be the federal federal federal government creating an effort that is serious find these kidnapped girls?

ALI: Well, that’s where the nagging issue is. The federal government stated it is performing just as much as it could. Nevertheless the basic population, Nigerians, try not to appear to think that sufficient happens to be done. Since it is only later on today that the president is meant to determine the veracity while the quantity of the girls which have been abducted. This is certainly three months following the occasion.

Therefore the elected president did acknowledge that he is talked to President Obama on two occasions and therefore he’s expected him for many assistance. He did not specify the type for the support. But Nigerians believe that the authorities aren’t doing sufficient.

INSKEEP: is there significant elements of Northern Nigeria where Boko Haram is strongest, where in actuality the federal government has extremely control that is little?

ALI: Well, that is precisely the perception right right here. There are specific towns and governments that are local the team had been (unintelligible). We got a written report that there was one border town that has been taken over by the group, although they may not be able to hold it yesterday. It has been the pattern. Making sure that sort of provides you with the feeling of the type or sort of challenge that Nigeria is facing for the reason that region.

INSKEEP: Mannir Dan Ali is editor-in-chief of this day-to-day rely upon Abuja, Nigeria. Many thanks quite definitely.

INSKEEP: and we also have actually news this early morning of a lot more girls kidnapped in Nigeria. Police state gunmen who’re suspected to be people of Boko Haram abducted eight girls immediately from a town when you look at the part that is northeastern of nation. They may be involving the ages of 12 and 15. An eyewitness states the gunmen came into the town in vehicles, vehicles which were painted the colors regarding the army that is nigerian and began shooting. Transcript given by NPR, Copyright NPR.