Thursday, July 28, 2022

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - ISWAP plots Lagos etc(Examiner)

Nigerian Security Crisis

Sometime ago I  suggested
that "the Fulani herdsman"
trope that some writers
deployed in their analysis  
of ongoing instability in
Nigeria was questionable.  
Use of the term "bandits"
to describe the perpetrators
was also just as inaccurate
and misleading. The first label
"ethnicized"the conflict
and the second trivialized
it.This crisis indeed merits
a systemic and regional
approach,  by all decision
makers who seek to solve
the problem of wanton
instability. It warrants
coordination with Mali;
weapons from  China,
Russia, Turkey and all
willing, affordable sources;
strategic planning with
urgency; and the WILL
to turn things around.
Terrorist groups such
as AQIM, ANSAR al-Din,
Boko Haram - must be
seen as regional ,existential
  threats to West Africa's
16 countries. Illegal gold
and  coltan mining;
funding by Qatar and Saudi
Arabia; local opportunism;
rivalry between ISIS-GS
and ISWAP; inept politicians;
double dealing by some
Western countries; and local
grievances- must be
brought to the table in
serious discussion and
As Professor Ayo Olukotun,
Director of the Oba S.K
Adetona Institute for
Governance Studies,
Olabisi Onabanjo University
so aptly summarized
in a recent commentary
entitled, "Insecurity:
A Nation Sleep Walking
in utter peril"-
this is a moment of great
danger .Sleep walking
is not the answer.
An original sin
was U.S training of
Afghan mujahidin in a war
against the Soviets. A
corps of unrelenting
jihadists emerged.
John Cooley's, "Unholy Wars"
stands the test of time
on this. Rampant  inequality
within regions expanded the
scope and range of
jihadist footsoldiers.
The collapse of Libya
in 2011, created a wave
of westward bound
jihadists. Inept politicians
continue to fuel the
crisis with too much
talk, and too little walk-
and coordinated action.
West Africa's 423million
inhabitants must demand

Prof. Gloria Emeagwali

Professor Gloria Emeagwali
Prof. of History/African Studies, CCSU; gloriaemeagwali
Recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Research
Excellence Award, Univ. of Texas at Austin;
2019 Distinguished Africanist Award
New York African Studies Association

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