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Nigerian President Cancels Chibok Trip

FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media on the situation in Chibok.
FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media on the situation in Chibok.
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has canceled a visit to a northeastern town where Islamist militants last month seized more than 200 schoolgirls.

Officials said Friday that Jonathan is not able to make the trip to Chibok village in Borno province because of security considerations.

The April 14 mass abduction of the girls by the Boko Haram group has sparked global outrage and accusations that the government is not doing enough to win their return.  Nigeria's government has said it is exploring "all options" to win the girls' safe return.

President Jonathan now plans to head to a regional security meeting to be convened Saturday by French President Francois Hollande. The presidents of Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad also are scheduled to attend the meeting.

Hollande said he called the meeting to discuss new strategies for dealing with the security threat posed by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in West and Central Africa.

Boko Haram released a video this week showing about 100 of the kidnapped girls, who were seen wearing hijabs and reciting Islamic prayers.

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said the girls would not be released until the group's imprisoned fighters were freed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Sani Aliyu Hunkuyi(Mr.) from: Kaduna, Nigeria
May 16, 2014 7:08 PM

Our foreign friendly governments should let our Nigerian President Goodluck see fact that the Transformation Agenda which is the blueprint for economic and social transformation developed by the present Administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan cannot be achieved in a situation of insecurity. To this end, it is recommended that all hands must be on deck in using both local and international collaboration and expertise as the main focus on insecurity management.
The Role of Nigerian Government: To overcome insecurity there is need for foreign government support on intelligence gathering and surveillance so that Nigerian law enforcement agents could be proactive and reasonably predict potential crime with near perfect accuracy rather than being reactive. Capacity building is required to meet the global best practice standard and acquisition of modern technology. Nigerians should welcome the use of foreign governments to provide the desired expertise even if that would be provided at a fee. That is better than spending billions Naira on local security agents who are alleged to divert huge Security Vote/Funds to their personal use over the recent years since the emergence of Security Challenges.
The Role of Communities/Traditional Rulers: It is important to note that security management can be significantly aided by the cooperation of local communities and use of traditional rulers(Village and District heads) to encourage peaceful living with other communities. They should also be vigilant of strangers in their localities to ensure that criminals do not have easy access to their communities.
The Role of Individuals: Security is everybody’s business. As individuals we need to cultivate the habit of security consciousness and to immediately report any report of suspicious behaviour/activity to the appropriate authorities by reporting to the police but if in fear of being exposed should report to traditional/community leaders.

The Role of Religious Groups: The two main religious(Islam and Christian) groups in Nigeria have a major role to play in ensuring security in the country. The teachings of religious groups are one of the bases of value development in the contemporary world. If every religious group can tolerate the other, then religious crisis which has been a problem in this country will be abated. In addition, religion preachers should be advised by governments not to use worship centres as avenue for instigating members to be violent or to engage in activities that can affect the peace of the country.
The Role of Civil Society
Civil society is the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. They play a major role in the area of raising public awareness as well as in lobbying for concrete change or in helping to initiate and carry out a process of reforming national integrity. As a result of the inability of government to provide adequate security, Ebohon, and Ifeadi, (2012) are of the opinion that Nigeria should involve civil society in the state security project. The Peaceful Protests by Civil society groups to bring the international attention to come to the aid of the abducted girls by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Role of Business Organizations: Business must be in tune with its environment and so as a result of the state of insecurity in the country today, it is to be emphasized that apart from the government, businesses also have the role to play. Business Organizations should have long-term strategy of creating and providing jobs especially for the unemployed youths. Cooperating with regulatory authorities by Business Organisations and with security agencies is necessary in the fight against crime. Apart from that, business organizations should not only pursue profit but be socially responsible.

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