Turmoil in Nigeria

Things are going from bad to worse in Nigeria. Because of the government’s weak position, extremist elements are gaining ground in several areas. More than 200 people have lost their lives in the past three months. Now, the country is facing a Yemen– and Somalia-like situation. The government is not doing much to control it. Extremist elements like Boko Haram are furthering their agenda of controlling young minds according to their skewed interpretations of the Shariah. The number of suicide attacks has increased dramatically in the last few months. Boko Haram openly claimed responsibility for these attacks, but no one was brought to justice. Several churches have also been attacked and several people have lost their lives in revenge attacks. Due to this tense situation, there is a widening gap between the different sections of society and the poor people are the worst affected. The country has enough oil resources, but the government is unable to change the fortunes of its people as more than half of its population is below the poverty line. — Khawaja Umer Farooq, by e-mail

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