But like most news originating from Nigeria there appears to be the obligatory twists and turns. Such as the visit last week to Abuja by the Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Air Force. It is interesting to note that this visit occurred 48 hours before the Nigerian Security Operation began. There are now reports that Pakistani Pilots are even conducting sorties as well.
This information is not that much of a stretch. Both Air Forces just happen to fly the J-7 which is the Chinese version the the Mig-21 fighter. But why the Pakistanis are there are anybody's guess. But it can show one key fact however: Just how far does Johnathan actually trust the Air Force? Boko Haram has proven adept at infiltrating the Police and was even successful at getting an operative into the Office of the Vice-President as well.
Did anyone else notice the timing of the Suicide Attacks in Niger? Coming so soon after Nigeria asked for help from Niger with this Operation. Most of the casualties occurred when a Military convoy was hit. No one has really noticed that a Uranium Mine owned by the French Company Areva was also hit by the Islamists as well.
Late next month President Obama will take a trip to Africa. Tanzania is one of the stops on this trip as is Senegal. Initial reports did state that Rwanda would be on the short list as well. But Kenya is omitted yet again from the plans and there are some Nigerians as well that are upset that He is not paying proper attention to the situation that continues to unfold.
This weekend Secretary of State Kerry will represent the US at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the AU (or the Organization of African Union for some of us who are old enough to remember). This occasion is a crucial point in African History and African Politics. Its nice to see that there will be an official US representative at this affair unlike the Kenyan Election when the US was represented by Jesse Jackson.