As violence escalates throughout Nigeria and its neighbors, President Goodluck Jonathan has asked his government to borrow $1 billion to fight the Islamists. The funds, he pledged, would be allocated to upgrading equipment, “training and logistics of the armed forces and security services. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 2,000 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram in this year alone.The proposal to borrow money, however, faces criticism. The Nigerian military has been notorious for corruption, mismanagement of funds, and harsh tactics against civilians. Human Rights Watch has warned it against “replicating Sri Lanka’s lawless approach to counterinsurgency [that] would further endanger a civilian population already brutalized both by Boko Haram and the military.” Providing funding might simply add more fuel to the fire.We have followed the attacks in Nigeria with growing concern as Boko Haram has stepped up its campaign of violence and intimidation. If the government fails to control them within its borders, the future of the region looks grim indeed.
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