On January 3rd, 2015 and for some days after, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram carried out an attack on civilians in Baga, a town in North-Eastern Nigeria. Reportedly, there are still bodies strewn across the now desert town.
“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defense group that fights Boko Haram, told The Associated Press.
He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.
An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.
It is also possible that 150 people, not the 2000 local officials reported, were killed – according to the defense ministry. It is unlikely, however, that several days after the attack, there is a much smaller number. It also remains that people were killed, when they shouldn’t have been.
I learned about the attack nearly a week after it occurred, despite this being the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s 5-year insurgency in Nigeria.
Although the attack happened before #CharlieHebdo, it is only now getting media coverage after many expressed grievances on social media. Worse still, the Nigerian Government, specifically President Goodluck Jonathan, is yet to give a statement regarding this tragedy.
Many have said: Why is the Western Media ignoring this? Don’t black lives matter?
But the question that seems more pertinent is: Why are the Nigerian Government, the Nigerian Press, and the Nigerian Public seemingly unconcerned?
The two main presidential candidates for elections in February: the incumbent Jonathan and former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari have said little in their campaigns about Boko Haram.
Notwithstanding what people have said and not said, or done and not done, thousands of people have lost their lives thanks to terrorism and I pray that they rest in peace, and that there will soon be no more of this carnage.
Post submitted by Kanyin