I received some really concerning news tips tonight, which I think people should actually be made aware of. Would also be interested in hearing other input on whether this is reliable information.
Villagers are said to have captured 40 army members, and refuse to release them, as they claim that the govt. soldiers actually protects the Boko Haram terrorist activities;
A BBC Hausa report last week as carried by DailyTrust, stated that a soldier of the Nigerian army had complained on air about his unit of over 200 able men, being told to stand down and watch as only 50 Boko Haram terrorists destroyed Gamboru-Ngala town this Month, killing over 300 and burning down the entire town. The solder who spoke to BBC said a government military helicopter hovered above, providing cover to the terrorists and did not fire to immobilize their tank and repel their onslaught.The United States has commented on the level of sabotage in the Nigerian army under the Goodluck Jonathan administration; their distrust of the Nigerian operations was so immense, it limited their information sharing with Nigeria.The possibility of 40 Nigerian soldiers being caught while involved in an alleged Boko Haram raid is obviously very serious and has great implications in the current state of success of Boko Haram and the continuous genocide in the north with destruction of local farming. We have been unable to get an official response from the Nigerian military who did not answer our calls.”
BBC covered the same questioms and concerns back in January;
“…Sunday’s attack on a market and homes in Borno State’s Kawuri Village left more than 50 people dead. None of the survivors mentioned any resistance or counter attack by the military to save the vulnerable population. They spoke of dead bodies littering the streets and hundreds of homes being torched.The military has refused to comment on the attack, instead referring journalists to the police but there are many unanswered questions. How, for example, is it that the insurgents were able to drive into Kawuri in a large convoy of vehicles, carry out an attack for several hours and leave? On the same day there were scenes of horror at a church in Waga Chakawa village in neighbouring Adamawa State.Suspected Boko Haram militants locked the doors, shot anyone that tried to escape through the windows and then slit the throats of the congregation. More than 30 people were killed, including children.”
Nigeria is a country of lots of great people. But also facing extremely difficult challenges both on a short and long-term basis.