Nigeria Symbolises Failed State

Rameez Makhdoomi

wilayattimes (Kashmir)

Nigeria is turning into a failed state and instead of cracking on the brutal extremists it is going brutally after peace loving and patriotic Shia muslims.
On the otherhand Boko Haram has unleashed several inhuman acts but Nigerian state has failed to give answers. The kidnapping of scores of girls on the night of April 14-15, 2014, in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, about a two-hour drive from the border with Cameroon was a catastrophe.

The Government Girls Secondary School had been closed for a month because of the danger posed by Boko Haram militants, who are opposed to Western education, particularly for girls. But students from several schools had been called in to take a final exam in physics.

The militants stormed the school, arriving in a convoy of trucks and buses and engaging in a gun battle with school security guards. Then they forced the girls from their dormitories, loaded them into trucks and drove them into the forest. They were between 16 and 18 years old.

Police said the militants kidnapped 276 girls in all. About 50 managed to escape soon after they were abducted. Those who did not, it is feared, may have been raped, brutalized, enslaved .
A few days back, Members of the extremist group Boko Haram burned children alive as part of an assault in Nigeria that killed 86 people, a survivor of the attack alleged.

The incident happened Saturday night in the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria. Two nearby camps housing 25,000 people who have fled Boko Haram were also attacked.

The Associated Press said it spoke to a survivor who said he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death. Survivor Alamin Bakura told the AP that several of his family members were killed or wounded in the the attack, which lasted for nearly four hours.
Whileas the Nigerian State rather than focusing to curb Boko Haram is launching onslaught on its own citizens. A few weeks back,Nigerian army soldiers fired six bullets at Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, seriously injuring the Shia cleric when they raided his residence to arrest him, says a member of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The following day, Nigerian forces also raided Zakzaky’s home and arrested him after reportedly killing those attempting to protect him, including one of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)’s senior leaders and its spokesman.

The two brutal attacks led to the deaths of hundreds of members of the religious community, including three of Zakzaky’s sons.
On holistic paradigm, Nigerian State is turning into a failed state with free hand for brutal killers and outfits while punishing the voices of humanity.

Author hails from Kashmir is a freelance Journalist