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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Nigeria

How terror came to Kano

Boko Haram’s latest massacre raised more questions about the government’s security policy and the responsibility of northern leaders

Since the killing of more than 185 people in Kano on 20 January, southern Nigerian politicians have been railing at Northern and Muslim leaders for their failure to rein in Boko Haram militants. Northern politicians have said much the same about the southern politicians who failed to rein in Niger Delta militants over the past 15 years. The shortcomings of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government have been pointed out by northern grandees, such as Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida and Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, and civilian politicians such as Atiku Abubakar.

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