A month ago Western media waxed jubilatory as the news broke that Nigeria was now the biggest economy in Africa.
The fact that this "achievement" was due to accounting hanky-panky and not any actual change in the Nigerian economy was little commented on.
The fact that 50% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day wasn't mentioned at all.
The large-scale bride-stealing raid by Boko Haram is becoming the outrage-du-jour in that same Western media, and that's created a receptive environment for the West to "help" Nigeria even more. No less an altruistic helper than AFRICOM is ready to pony up military advisers etc. according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.
There's a reason Boko Haram is gaining traction in Nigeria. In the Muslim north of the country the poverty is even more excruciating than in the south. The billions upon billions of oil wealth has ended up on the balance sheets of foreign oil multi-nationals and in the pockets of their tiny clique of corrupt Nigerian insiders.
People are pissed off and are not going to take it any more.
Yup, that's a classic case of Islamic terrorism if ever there was one!
And OH MY GOD LOOK THEY KIDNAPPED INNOCENT TEENAGE GIRLS!
Not even the heinous al-Qaeda has ever stooped to such depraved depths of barbarity!
Obviously, it's high time to send in the US Marines and the drones to protect the teenage girls...
and the oil.