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Nigeria, ICC to probe Boko Haram

07-07-2012 02:25 BJT

Debate is raging in Nigeria over a recent declaration by the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, indicating that she does not intend to prosecute the Boko Haram Sect but she would rather have the Nigerian government deal with the Islamist militia group.

It was bound to happen. It was only a question of time. Ever since the fundamentalist group Boko Haram burst onto the public scene, Nigeria has been in the eye of the storm. The country of over 150 million people has also actively featured in several travel advisories with foreigners being warned to steer clear of Africa's largest crude oil exporter or risk personal bodily harm. Recently the threat by the US to declare Boko Haram a terrorist organization and now this attention from the United Nations about the insecurity in Nigeria has set a few academics thinking.

As things stand now the vote is divided. While some believe that international exposure of the Boko Haram insurgency will attract offers of foreign military intelligence and assistance, others fear that this very behavior will lend credence and grant validity to the group's somewhat violent methods. As far as this teacher is concerned, this cloud has a silver lining.

Dr. Austin Eneanya, public policy specialist, said, "Boko Haram has killed and maimed thousands of people and since it seems that the Nigerian gov’t is having problems dealing with them maybe the foreign intervention will help."

But fresh memories of the results of Western interventionist policies in nations like Pakistan and Afghanistan are a bit unsettling.

Rasheed Akinyemi, University of Lagos, said, "We have to be careful. Before you know it we may be talking about drone strikes because the implication of all this international attention is very deep.”

President Goodluck Jonathan had promised that by the middle of 2012 Boko Haram would be history. Nigerians continue to wait in fear.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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