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Vol 55 No 10

Published 16th May 2014


Nigeria

Everyone loses

The unfolding tragedy of the abducted schoolgirls exposes the government’s lack of strategy and will prolong the insurgency

In the short term, the crisis triggered by Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 230 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State damages all those involved in addition to the students: President Goodluck Jonathan and his government, the military and police, taciturn oppositionists – and the insurgents, who now face a more assertive local and international opposition. Only civil society activists emerge with any credit: they led demonstrations across Nigeria, which the government tried to sideline, and then across Europe and North America to prompt a heavyweight international response.

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