Gen Buhari was scheduled to give a speech here in Washington on Monday Jan. 26th and that event was hastily postponed within the last 24 hours with the excuse of a scheduling conflict being used.
It has also been announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will soon be travelling to Nigeria to get a first hand look at the situation. Also next week hearings on the situation within Nigeria come Front and Center by the House Foreign Relations Committee. There are plenty of questions to be asked but there are some things that need to be cleared up.
No matter how President Jonathan feels the ills that are plaguing Nigeria are not totally because of the actions or inactions of the United States regarding Boko Haram but He has to realize that Nigerians have to own this. The inability or even the unwillingness to enforce the Laws of the Country or even provide basic services that the Population needs is also a huge factor. After all the Federal Government of Nigeria has effectively ceded control of Borno State to Boko Haram and is now in danger of losing Adamwa State.
Over the last week Chadian Troops have had to enter both Nigeria and Chad as part of a Regional Effort to defeat this Group. When Chadian Forces entered the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Peacekeepers back in 1998 they had a reputation of shooting first and then asking questions. Hopefully this will not be the result of this intervention.
Switching now to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and this potential disaster in the making, The Lower House of Parliament passed a bill which would have allowed President Kabila to suspend elections until a National Census was taken. This could have effectively extended his term for years. This act triggered violent protests that left at least 52 people dead in the Capital of Kinshasa and in Goma. At one point as well the Internet was suspended in the City of Bukavu. That has been partially restored.
The Senate has passed a measure that removes the Census provisions and that current efforts to update the voter rolls must respect the Constitution. These measures now go to a Conference Committee. In the other concern regarding the DRC there is no firm timetable set for the Operations to begin against the FDLR but Namibia and Angola have stated that they will not participate.
In Niger over 60 Churches have been destroyed as part of the Backlash against the Paris Terror Attacks. The View of the Western Media.... Move on No Story here.......
And the Band Plays on..