Africa Now May 4, 2016
Topics: Missing Chibok Girls--Two Years and Counting; and History of Boko Haram
Topics and Guests: On the night of April 14-15, 2014 (two years ago), 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, in Borno State, Nigeria. Since then 57 of the girls have escaped but there are still 219 girls in captivity. According to some figures since 2009 northeastern Nigeria has seen over 20,000 dead and 2.6 million people homeless due to the insurgency of the militant group Boko Haram. Meanwhile last year Nigerians voted out Goodluck Jonathan for Muhammadu Buhari. At his inauguration last year President Buhari stated that they cannot claim that they “have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents” (from “Chibok girls: Two years after the heist- matters arising,” By Morenike Taire, The Vanguard, April 17, 2016) Today Africa Now! briefly focuses on the history of Boko Haram, and highlight the issue of the missing Chibok girls. The show starts with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto discussing the historical divisions British colonial rule brought to Nigeria, the history of Boko Haram, and U.S. policy toward Nigeria. Bishop Kukah was the featured speaker at a presentation last week sponsored by Africa Faith and Justice Network entitled “Boko Haram, Security Issues and the Church in Nigeria.” Bishop Kukah served as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations; as Secretary of the National Political Reform Conference; and as Chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation. Between 2007 and 2009 he worked in the Committee for Electoral Reform set up by the Nigerian government.
On April 20, 2016 there was a Bring Back Our Girls candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. State Department hosted by Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson. The program featured Republican and Democratic members of Congress, and escaped Chibok girls who are continuing their education in the United States. In the extract aired on Africa Now! features Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Congressman George Kenneth Butterfield Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and one of the escaped Chibok school girls.
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