Sunday, May 11, 2014

Blame Nigeria's political elite for Boko Haram

While the #bringbackourgirls campaign shines a spotlight on the Boko Haram terror group, let's not forget that such groups do not spring out of a vacuum.

It took many years of epic mismanagement of the Nigerian economy before the Islamic insurgency took root among a people who had for generations been excluded from the supposed oil bonanza. Not only have the political elites managed to squander and outright steal hundreds of billions in oil wealth, they have managed to simultaneously run up billions more in debts to boot!

Such management wizardry does not go unrewarded; Nigerian politicians are not only the best paid in all Africa, they lead the entire democratic world!

Meanwhile, an estimated 70% of the population in the Muslim north lives on less than a dollar a day.

Who can feign shock that such rampant mismanagement would eventually lead to an insurgency?

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