Friday, December 3, 2021

Perspective: Boko Haram Has Killed More Africans Than Ebola

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*(Via MSN News) – Although Nigeria was able to tackle the Ebola crisis much more effectively than other African countries, it remains stricken by the insurgency of jihadist group Boko Haram in the north west of the country, a crisis which is proving to be even more deadly than the killer disease.

More people have been killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram than have died in the entire Ebola epidemic, and the bloodletting seems to be only getting worse, with local officials reporting the slaughter of at least 2,000 people in the town of Baga in the Borno State.

It’s estimated that 8,235 people have died from Ebola in west Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while according to the Council for Foreign Relations, 10,000 people have been murdered at the hands of Boko Haram in the last year alone – an estimate that doesn’t take into account the latest and bloodiest massacre.

The bodies of Baga residents are still reportedly strewn throughout the town and surrounding bush more than a week after the massacre of thousands in 16 villages in Borno state.

Get the rest of this Newsweek report at MSN News.

As Boko Haram Terror Spreads, Nigeria Looks to the World for Response

MSNBC’s Joy Reid talks with Nigerian journalist China Okasi about the absence of widespread international condemnation following the most recent attacks in west Africa by Boko Haram that have reportedly killed thousands:

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  1. Standing with Nigeria Against Boko Haram
    Bad news travels fast. Good news on the other hand usually travels with less speed. Nigeria has been declared Ebola free for several months now. However, there was no significant global media mention of this major achievement. The government and the people of Nigeria should be commended for their professional managerial approach in the eradication of the Ebola virus.
    Has the world turned its back on Africa’s giant Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram? As the international community continues to grapple with the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, the Middle East, Pakistan and across the globe, there needs to be attention and support for the crisis in Nigeria. In the past two weeks Boko Haram continued its barbaric campaign slaughtering over 2,000 innocent victims in Nigeria’s NE town of Baga. This rampage is a despicable act of unthinkable proportions. The slaughter of poor suffering Black people is horrific. The over 200 African princess school girls kidnapped in April 2014 from the Chibok region in NE Nigeria have yet to be found. Children all over the world must be allowed to pursue education and finish school in peace and dignity. This will help make them productive citizens in our global community. A life and mind are sacred gifts from our creator.
    Nigeria’s international image should not be defined by a very small percentage of corrupt citizens or a criminal group of violent extremists who perpetuate barbaric acts in the name of the great faith of Islam. The actions of Boko Haram do not in any way shape or form represent the Islamic way of life. The atrocities they commit must be condemned by all. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $488 billion US dollars. Nigeria has a population of close to 200 million people and a vibrant, growing youth work force. Despite the global collapse of world oil prices Nigeria still remains a major exporter of crude oil. It is in the economic and commercial self- interest of the international community that stability prevails in Nigeria.
    All human life has value and is sacred in the eyes of God. The international community has both a moral and human obligation to stand with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and to stop the spread of the evil cancer. As Nigeria prepares for presidential elections next month, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan and any future government of Nigeria deserves the full support of the global community in its efforts to contain and ultimately defeat Boko Haram. Nigeria must not be short changed and left to its own fate.
    Nigeria and the rest of the world needs to work together in building enduring bridges of understanding to move the country forward to achieve peace, justice, unity, security, stability, prosperity and freedom for all of its citizens. The world needs to stand with Nigeria. Nigeria’s positive contributions to the continent of Africa, the Caribbean region, and in many countries around the world needs to be recognized. Nigeria too has its own exceptionalism. I know this from my own life experiences. Some of the most memorable years of my adult life were spent pursuing post graduate studies at the University of Lagos, Faculty of Law in the beloved country of Nigeria. The amazing adventure in the 1990’s from Kingston, Jamaica to Lagos, Nigeria culminated when destiny, fate and a spirit of perseverance led me to Unity House in downtown Lagos. In these corporate offices I met my then benefactor, a very generous, wealthy tycoon and philanthropist, the pride of Nigeria Baba Adinni. It was an incredible journey of faith. I was indeed at home in the bosom of my Nigerian family. Yes, like any other developing nation Nigeria faces challenges that are real and deep. They should be addressed both domestically and internationally with a sense of fierce urgency by future administrations of that nation.
    Standing together with Nigeria against Boko Haram will ensure victory over the evil cancer and scourge of violent extremist terrorism not only in Nigeria, but the continent of Africa and indeed the rest of the world.
    I remind the world that love and hate can never be friends.
    Love and thanks to all.
    His Excellency Al Hajj Ambassador Imam Douglas Owen-Ali International Ambassador of Peace Founder & Executive Chairman of Global Oneness, Inc. Atlanta, GA. USA.
    Direct Tel.: 404-717-5034 Email: [email protected]

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