News / Africa

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.
VOA News
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.

You May Like

Syrian Rebels Poised for Anti-Russia Collaboration

Forty-one insurgent groups issue joint statement vowing retaliation for Russian air offensives More

Political Maneuver Revives Export-Import Bank's Chances

Parliamentary tactic gets bill out of committee, but it faces opposition in the Senate More

Beijing Warns US on S. China Sea Patrols

Warning follows news reports Thursday that US military is planning to sail warships close to artificial islands Beijing has been aggressively building More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdrawsi
Jim Malone
October 09, 2015 12:32 AM
The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Hungary Criticized for Handling of Refugees

Amnesty International has accused Hungary of breaking multiple international and European human rights laws in its handling of the refugee crisis. As Henry Ridgwell reports, thousands of migrants and refugees continue to travel through the Balkans to Hungary every day.

Video Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest

Sixteen people were injured when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse teachers and other public employees who took to the streets in Iraq’s Kurdish north, demanding their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). VOA’s Dilshad Anwar, in Sulaimaniya, caught up with protesting teachers who say they have not been paid for three months. Parke Brewer narrates his report.

Video Syrian Village Community Faces Double Displacement in Lebanon

Driven by war from their village in southwestern Syria, a group of families found shelter in Lebanon, resettling en masse in a half-built university to form one of the biggest settlements of its kind in Lebanon. Three years later, however, they now face being kicked out and dispersed in a country where finding shelter as a refugee can be especially tough. John Owens has more for VOA from the city of Saida, also known as Sidon.

Video Bat Colony: Unusual Tourist Attraction in Texas

The action hero Batman might be everyone’s favorite but real bats hardly get that kind of adoration. Put more than a million of these creatures of the night together and it only evokes images of horror. Sarah Zaman visited the largest urban bat colony in North America to see just how well bat and human get along with each other.

Video Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

It’s a sickening feeling — the dizziness, nausea and vomiting that comes with motion sickness. But a device now being developed could stop motion sickness by suppressing certain signals in the brain. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video Making a Mint

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, it’s also the time to harvest gum, candy, and toothpaste—or at least the oil that makes them minty fresh. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana on the mint harvest.

Video Activists Decry Lagos Slum Demolition

Acting on a court order, authorities in Nigeria demolished a slum last month in the commercial capital, Lagos. But human rights activists say the order was illegal, and the community was razed to make way for a government housing project. Chris Stein has more from Lagos.

Video TPP Agreed, But Faces Stiff Opposition

President Barack Obama promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Tuesday, one day after 12 Pacific Rim nations reached the free trade deal in Atlanta. The controversial pact that would involve about 40 percent of global trade still needs approval by lawmakers in respective countries. Zlatica Hoke reports Obama is facing strong opposition to the deal, including from members of his own party.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

VOA Blogs