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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nigeria-Someone enlighten me please.

So we have been studying Africa this month. I was curious about Nigeria. Especially since 100 of their school girls were recently abducted by a terrorist organization. The first thought in my mind? Why doesn't their government or their people do something about it?  Do they not have the financial means? Do they not have a military presence? Are they not a democratic nation? (Well a little trip over to Wikipedia doesn't seem to enlighten me.)

Location of  Nigeria  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)

Taken from Wikipedia:
Nigeria is often referred to as the "the Giant of Africa", due to its large population and economy.[11] With around 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.[12

The country is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Nigeria is roughly divided in half between Christians, who mostly live in the Southern and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the North and South-West. A minority of the population practice traditional and native religions, such as the Igbo and Yoruba religions.

Nigeria has been identified as a regional power in Africa.[13][14][15] Its economy (GDP) in 2014 became the largest in Africa; worth more than $500 billion, and overtaking South Africa while becoming the world's 26th largest economy.[16][17] furthermore the debt-to-GDP ratio is only 11 percent, 8 percent below from 2012 ratio,[18] and is expected to become one of the world's top 20 economies by 2050.[13] The country's oil reserves have played a major role in its growing wealth and influence. Nigeria is considered to be an Emerging market by the World Bank,[19] It is also a member of the MINT group of countries, which are widely seen as the globe's next "BRIC-like" economies. It is also listed among the "Next Eleven" economies to become among the biggest in the world. Nigeria is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, OPEC, and the United Nations among other International organizations.

OK so far we see that Nigeria (the country) has money. Now who knows how much the people actually get. But we should be safe to say they have money-to fund some kind of resistance.

Let's look at the government:
Taken from Wikipedia again.

Nigeria is a Federal Republic modeled after the United States,[51] with executive power exercised by the president and with overtones of the Westminster System model[citation needed] in the composition and management of the upper and lower houses of the bicameral legislature. The president of Nigeria is Goodluck Jonathan, who succeeded Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to the office in 2010. The president presides as both Head of State and head of the national executive and is elected by popular vote to a maximum of two four-year terms.[6]
The president's power is checked by a Senate and a House of Representatives, which are combined in a bicameral body called the National Assembly. The Senate is a 109-seat body with three members from each state and one from the capital region of Abuja; members are elected by popular vote to four-year terms. The House contains 360 seats and the number of seats per state is determined by population.

OK so here we have a democratic society that supposedly votes in representatives and a president. Where is the uproar from the people to their government over this? Or are we just not hearing about it?

Ok so let's see-do they have a military that can defend themselves and their people?

Taken again from Wiki

The Nigerian Military are charged with protecting The Federal Republic of Nigeria, promoting Nigeria's global security interests, and supporting peacekeeping efforts especially in West Africa.
The Nigerian Military consist of an army, a navy and an air force.[6] The military in Nigeria have played a major role in the country's history since independence. Various juntas have seized control of the country and ruled it through most of its history.

Ok so I really just don't get it. We have a country (Nigeria)  that has money, it has an elected government, and also a military (navy, air force and army)  but we are sending 80 US troops over there to help out because? (They are not willing? capable? what?) No,  really I do honestly want to know. I really want to know how the people of Nigeria sit back quietly and do nothing. Or maybe it's supposed to look like that to us. I really don't know.

I truly believe if 100 American schoolgirls had been abducted from their school in our country-we would have -not only a federal government in motion, a national guard deployed, the resources of our army, navy, marines and coast guard as well as our allies would all be involve.  I believe many armed fathers, brothers and other concerned citizens would be out hunting these terrorists down to get these girls and all others who have been taken back.