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Nigeria’s government acting like children, says Nobel-winning author Wole Soyinka

May 6th, 2014
04:22 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The search for more than 200 girls in Nigeria is now “beyond the capacity” of the government and needs international support, Nigerian author Wole Soyinka told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“This is a government which is not only in denial mentally, but in denial about certain obvious steps to take,” Soyinka, a Nobel laureate who is often referred to as the conscience of his nation, told Amanpour.

“It’s one of those rather child-like situations that if you shut your eyes, if you don’t exhibit the tactile evidence of the missing humanity here, that somehow the problem will go away.”

It is not just “a Nigerian problem,” he said.

“I’m calling for the international community, the United Nations – this is a problem. This is a global problem. And a foothold is being very deeply entrenched in West Africa.”

Nigeria's 'national conscience' speaks out

The search for the girls, who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group on April 14, has seen little progress.

The issue, Soyinka said, has been addressed “very late and very cursorily.”

Amanpour had scheduled a live interview with Nigerian Information Minister Labaran Maku on Tuesday; Maku failed to show up in time for the interview. He later spoke with CNN’s Isha Sesay.

A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a newly released video "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.”

Soyinka referred to Shekau’s video as a “charade” and “gleeful obscenity.”

Soyinka: Nigeria Pres 'cannot sleep easy'

The U.S. said on Tuesday that it had offered, and President Goodluck Jonathan had accepted, an offer to discuss American aid in finding the girls.

“President Jonathan should have asked for it from the very beginning,” Soyinka said. “I don’t believe in false pride.”

Why, Amanpour asked, does Soyinka believe Jonathan is in denial?

“It’s not only he. It’s the advisers around him. It’s a certain section of the nation, some of whom enjoy for various reasons a nation in a state of chaos. They profit by it, and in fact some of the, are guilty of provoking the situation.”

“The person who has no excuse is the president of the nation.”

The problem, he said, has been festering for years.

“There have been numerous incidents like this,” he told Amanpour; the 2011 Boko Haram bombing of a United Nations compound in Abuja and extremist unrest over a 2002 beauty pageant being just two examples.

“The pinpricks you’ve seen all over the world are consolidating into a situation of internal war – insurrection by this group.”

One need only look at the history of Algeria or the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan to understand what is happening, he said.

“Let’s not beat around the bush. We’re dealing with a monstrosity. We’re dealing with an affliction the likes of which the nation has never encountered.”

The response must be rapid, he said.

“Abduction, terrorism, suicide bombing – these are very difficult situations to deal with. But they are not unique.”

“Where it will end, I do not know. But one thing is certain: The president and his government cannot sleep easy after what has happened to Nigeria.”

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  1. krehator

    The US cannot fix every problem. Especially when we get criticized all the time for whatever we do. If the Nigerian government is incapable of taking serious actions, and their people expect the United States to step in, then what is the point of the Nigerian government. Nigeria might as well apply for statehood in the United States at that point.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • mohammed Qutubuddin


      Punishment for BOKO HARAM:

      According to Islamic Shari ah, if some one abducts girls and sells them the punishment is STONE THE BOKO HARAM Terrorists to DEATH.

      Boko Haram is Anti Islam, it is having an ulterior motive to defame Islam, it is funded by Western Christian Missionaries.

      May 7, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
      • Nijamudin

        Really ?? funded by Christian Missionaries. ?? you are an @$$ hole..

        May 7, 2014 at 1:31 am |
      • uddd

        another misguided Islamic apologist! How would xtian missionaries pay muslims to kill its own? This is the problem with islamists - you fail in the most basic prove of life: to be thoughtful! Since many years muslims have slaughtered many thousands of innocent people in Nigeria. Please combat the cancer in your so called religion, rather than be blustering here. It has become an obscenity to the human race. Even pagan barbarians weren't this wicked! Check our history, islam proceded into west Africa on the edge of the sword! So with sword they want to maintain it.

        May 7, 2014 at 1:37 am |
      • jeff

        You're stupid for blaming Christians for such atrocity! 95 % of Islamic countries has no peace. Do you blame Christians for that as well??? Cannibals.

        May 7, 2014 at 7:54 am |
      • vic

        You must be an idiot..

        May 7, 2014 at 10:31 am |
      • Ayo Babatope

        seriously ????
        bro ,
        that borders on the ridiculous!!!

        May 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
      • Ways David

        @Mohammed Qutubuddin, I don't know if you are human being or a beast, I am sure you must be a human being. How can you say Boko Haram is funded by Western Christian Missionaries, I will be glad to have a proof to your point. But lets come to the fact, truth and reality, have you ever see any Christian fighting for God if truly what you said is right?

        Check this please:

        Terriorist says:

        Written in Arabic, it says their mission was a service to “God.” Actually this was a mistranslation. The word the terrorists used is not the Arabic word for “God” but “Allah.” The Arabic word for “God” is “Ilah.” So they believed they were working for “Allah,” not “God.” So can you study more for about your religion and know the truth. If they are funded by Western Christian Missionaries as you have said, why not calling the name of God of Israel instead of Allah? Think. How come Muhammed the founder used that name Allah? Ask yourself the questions.

        May 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
    • Kehinde

      I should correct you, we never "expected the United States to step in". Your country offered, and our government accepted. You need to get off your high horse. The only thing the Nigerian people have ever wanted concerning this issue is to receive the help our government is unable to offer, regardless of its source.

      May 8, 2014 at 2:21 am | Reply
      • toyin

        You are one of those nitty gritts living in Aso Rock. How dare you say we never expected US to step in? Do we even have the technologies required for such mission? We should be ashamed that after lauching of Nig-Satelietes, it all shows how fraudlent the government is if our so called satelietes can't pinpoint locations of where those terrorists.

        May 8, 2014 at 5:27 am |
      • Kehinde

        Toyin, it's funny how you chose to ignore the part where I said we needed help regardless of its source. You chose instead to create a theory built on your own ignorance. It's very okay though. 🙂

        May 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm |
  2. Zed

    Very sad! Unacceptable situation! Whatsuop with certain beliefs! Someone must crack this Boko thing's a... h....l!

    May 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  3. john

    Nigeria is a very corrupted country. No doubt some people were paid to close their eyes and do nothing about those abductions.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • really

      i still think this whole issue of girls been kidnapped were made up by rebels. the news agencies in nigeria r claiming now that the number of girls missing r almost 300. my question still remains what kind of vehicle was used to transport these huge no? even if it were a coach or a very long lorry u would need at least two of them. n there is no way u can pack that no of girls n transporting them without ppl noticing especially since there has been huge military presence in that particular state.

      not to even talk about the possibility of getting that much number of students in an SS3 class in a village in a state like borno n i was meant to understand that those figures abducted were physic students so u r actually looking at a total no of 600 ss3 students to make up for the arts and science categories.

      The video of the man claiming to hv them came up recently meaning that according to the man, they r still alive, how hv they beeen able to feed about 300 for about 3 weeks now? why didnt the man show a cross section of wheere the girls were or made the video in the vesinity so we could hear their cry or let one or two talk on the video so that it would look more convincing ?

      Why did it take their parents such a long time to come on TV n radio?? why is the protest not going on in the state weere the girls were abducted ? why is the whole blame on just the president? why isnt anyone blaming the state governor?

      if one dont truely understand the political situation of this big joke of a country nigeria one can easily by fooled by these northerners.

      i still blame the president for the childish steps he is taking and being ignorant of the case when it started. its so sad how a bunch of foolish northerners are painting nigeria as a country bad n making everyone believe that we r irresponsible as a country while truelly they r the really problem we havee. they want the power n if u r a ruler and u aint one of them they'll fight u with stuffs like this

      May 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
      • Munty are a dumbo like the president. Even if is a cooked up plan as you think by the northerners whats the essence of beign a president. The president has all the powers and resources plus state apparatus to check this menance

        May 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
      • really

        dont get me wrong, i'm not supporting the president on this cos obviously he has failed to perform his duties and it is a big disgrace. i was only talking about the story, the whole missing girl thing. i still say it i doubt if any girl is missing. the whole story doesnt make any logical sense.
        the president is suppose to allocate resources to look into the matter, he isnt suppose to just let it be like that.
        also remember that 80% of the officials surrounding him are his enemies and the few that r loyal to him are as dumb as he is. if only u understand the nigerian politics well u would know that this story was cooked up to campaign against his re-election. and i still say it again he is to be blamed for letting them sell the story to the world. he lacks the balls the fight. he is so scared of these northerners as majority of the strong politicians are made up of them. and that alone disqualifies him as a good president. he is too passive. so my dear dont give urself a high blood pressure over this story. with time the truth would definitely unfold

        May 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
      • Turner

        @ really Its people like you that advised the Nigerian government not to address the nation and wait 3 weeks to release a formal statement. You obviously have no clue about Nigeria.

        May 7, 2014 at 6:37 am |
      • Gaius

        @Really, People like you should be ashamed of yourselves, even the useless Govt you are defending have admitted that there are girls missing based on their own investigation so why are you still saying this?
        You have no conscience and very little knowledge of what is going on in Borno that is why you would choose to come out in public and display your ignorance by asking these obviously moronic questions. I won't even bother answering them, ill just let u remain in your ignorance.
        I pray you never lose a child and have to endure what these people are going through.
        I hope when trucks full of Girls are returned to their parents you will see how wicked you are for trying to endanger these girls lives by your careless comments and repent.

        May 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm |
  4. Jaime

    If we (the U.S.) do not put boots on the ground immediately and confront this issue, no reason we've ever gone to war has been true. If we're not ready to go to bat for 300 abducted children, by a self proffesed enemy of the west, then why have we ever been willing to fight. THis is not the time for politics. Do what's right.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Dare

      @Jaime, I wanna thank you for thinking the way you think. It takes a really great understanding to feel the pain of others in time of grieve and it takes even greater understanding to want to do something irrespective of who they are to you. Abduction of many girls is great symptom the world is plagued, if the plague thrives and spread in Nigeria, it won't stop there. This is a battle of the world and Nigeria is just its starting point. The US and the rest of the world should help Nigeria put an end to this plague irrespective of all contrary opinions. Jaime, I am a Nigerian and I want to thank you for the way you think.

      May 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  5. patriot

    As a Nigerian, I very well know we do not need US support to end this insurgency. But then again, we do. Only cuz of the clowns at the helm. Soyinka hit the spot when he said the Govt is acting like children. That's the only way to describe it! How 3 trucks loaded with 200 kids in school uniforms can disappear in broad daylight in a locale under a state of emergency eludes me. These Bokos have been bombing and kidnapping for years now. We still don't have an emergency line to call for help/ report attacks! If they has one helicopter patrolling at the time an attack is carried out, they would have been able to track these guys down. But no, all they do is wait for an attack and then set up road blocks, harass innocent people, arrest activists and finger political opponents. Two bombings two weeks apart, at the exact same location in Abuja, the seat of power, is a clear testament to this.

    May 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • patriot

      To sum it up, we are helpless because or the stupidity of those in power. Period. Infact, asking the US for help IMO is a short sighted move. We would be better served getting help from russia or china. The US carries a plague of violence where ever the boot down. US military presence in Nigera is beacon to the international terrorist comunity that Nigeria is ready for the next level of terrorism. Boko haram is a bunch of uneducated, greed driven crack heads. Small fish. The likes of Al Qaeda make camp here, we're finished!

      May 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • max

      thank you so much for your point are really appreciated. i hope CNN helps us out to make this a valuable source too

      May 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • ahmad farid

      i still thing the nigeria prisednt is involved in the case . if he hope really to get all girls from kidnappers he can 100 %
      it is very concern and considerable point for him . it is my message for hardam terrist group please dont defame islam
      it is great disgrace for thier perfomance .

      May 7, 2014 at 1:46 am | Reply
    • vic

      ...and then to add insult to injury, we have a joke of a first lady "sharing" crocodile tears on tv...

      May 7, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • max

        lolz...cnt help laughing

        May 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
    • iglinson

      Emergency number 112

      May 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  6. max

    CNN please don't trust what ever the Nigerian Govt were saying. Nothing has been done to this issue. please do make reference to this movie tagged – "V for vendetta", perfume – story of a murderer. these are the situation of nigerian government. this country is corrupt up to the peak. they will fund chaos and also still spend on the chaos in order to embezzle. with what we have know the government to, it involves two way and i think who ever is helping Nigeria out should take a deep look into it.
    1. they might be use for rituals so as to get more money to fund forth coming elections
    2. they might be use for reproduction of babies, nurture them and use them for further chaos in the nearest future or use those babies for rituals too to produce money. this might sound weird and crazy but this is Africa, this is Nigeria. make more and deep research and found out what i am saying is the truth. just some couple of months back, a particular section in ibadan was found out to be a location for sacrificial chamber for rituals. selling part of human bodies and others. please help the masses in Nigeria. i believe the Nigerian Government can handle this issue but they are the one funding the BH. please we need REVOLUTION

    May 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • really

      dont get me wrong, i'm not supporting the president on this cos obviously he has failed to perform his duties and it is a big disgrace. i was only talking about the story, the whole missing girl thing. i still say it i doubt if any girl is missing. the whole story doesnt make any logical sense.
      the president is suppose to allocate resources to look into the matter, he isnt suppose to just let it be like that.
      also remember that 80% of the officials surrounding him are his enemies and the few that r loyal to him are as dumb as he is. if only u understand the nigerian politics well u would know that this story was cooked up to campaign against his re-election. and i still say it again he is to be blamed for letting them sell the story to the world. he lacks the balls the fight. he is so scared of these northerners as majority of the strong politicians are made up of them. and that alone disqualifies him as a good president. he is too passive. so my dear dont give urself a high blood pressure over this story. with time the truth would definitely unfold

      May 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Reply
      • max

        you just gave another point too...which is a plan B thinking.

        May 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm |
      • smaug

        spot on bro.. well said..

        May 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Barak

    What we have in Nigeria is a ridiculous joke in place of a government. People that obviously fund terror so as to embezzle Billions of dollars under the guise of spending public funds to combat terror.

    May 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  8. max

    During general olusegun obasanjo's regime and Abacha, who is boko haram...who dare face the lion with a bare hand. this is madness for over two weeks nothing was done about this issue until the nigerian artist, musician and people all over the world started making comment and rally, then the govt had to do something. no wonder, their sons and daughters were not involved. so what do we expect. i believe soon, the RICH also cry. the GOVT. also regret and VENDETTA will surely rise when its time for REVOLUTION and without this revolution and abducting/killing these bad leaders there can be no PEACE in nigeria. no amount of prayer can make it happen except Almighty God will rise to fight for us OR we do it as a MAN

    May 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • really

      abacha was a northerner n so obviously boko haram wouldnt be against him.
      i respect former president obasanjo because he didnt let any of these radicals disturb, and he was able to do that cos he was ex-military general.
      and this is the kind of president nigeria needs. someone that commands respect and not just some lecturer whole fortunately became a running mate n his boss died n he ended up in the hot seat confused and clueless

      May 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Reply
      • MaxwelR

        it sounds crazy but it is truth. T/his is a CIA covert operation to force Africans to accept AFRICOM to achieve the perpetual economic slavery for the whole continent. BOKO Haram was trained by CIA to dis-stabilize and weaken the Nigerian president.
        The same tactic was used on 9/11 to gain ultimate power- Patriot Act under the disguise of National security.
        For sake of security they want to force the Nigerian people to accept AFRICOM.

        Terrorist in Mali-French Forces invaded
        Bombing in Kenya-Proposed AFRICOM
        Bombing in Nigeria
        Abduction of Girls

        May 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm |
      • max

        really have really killed d sadness in me...can't help laughing..."not just some lecturer whole fortunately became a running mate n his boss died n he ended up in the hot seat confused and clueless"

        May 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm |
  9. New Nigerian

    Soyinka has put this in perspective – Nigerians are united – muslims, christians and all to see to the end of this evil of international dimension that is terrorizing Nigerians with the muslims bearing the most of it while christians and others are not spared.

    May 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  10. kolly

    I think History repeat itself because we do not learn from history. We only memorize historical dates and names not the lessons. And for those Boko Haram and people backing them, their days are numbered. Nemesis will catch on them because they re the enemy of progress. And they will become things of the past and history will not forgive them because people will find there names in wrong side of history.

    May 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  11. really

    come to think of it, the governement is in denial, n this so called video by someone claiming to have thhe girls just surfaced n the man claiming he would sell them which mmeans that they r alive at the moment. what stops him from showing a cross section of where the girls r in the video or at least let one or two of them confirm that they were actually being kidnapped.
    just thinking out loud

    May 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  12. Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu

    The United States offer is a step in the right direction

    May 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Kenny

      I wish they find those girls alive but l don't agree with the fact that the US intervened and besides UK becos they will running their mouths to say they offered help to Nigeria.

      May 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  13. Name*oliver

    Nigeria does not need any help from the USA, no child is missing in the northern part of the country. Time will tell.

    May 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  14. Georgina Woodyard

    Bring Back Our Girls
    These tribal men, live back in the dark ages, were women where worthless to men except for looking after their needs. Boko Harem tribal men have stated that there is a market in humans; traded like livestock. Wipe out this trade in human beings, and place these men in cages where they belong, because they are barbaric in their behaviour towards humankind.
    Georgina – Australia

    May 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  15. Nessah

    I love my country! But we lack wat we call lEADERS! We just have bunches of hungry monkey hanging out and waving around just for their names to be on walls and streets! I cry everyday in pains! I cry for our country future's! We don't know where they Aare leading us to! We are all scared! We need change! Please fellow nigerians let us just not fold our arms and watch things happening without taking action! This is our life! Our fatherland! Are we gonna let this keep happening? No! Hell no! Let's say no to all these! Let's come together and make our country a better place... where are the riches?? abroad I guess living a luxurious life! Shame on you all! Shame on you! I just don't have the power to make aa change here, let's come together and work things out! I want a bright future! God save us!

    May 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  16. Allabtnews

    Where is Oprah when you need her?

    Oh that's right. Living in a mansion off the California coast counting her money.

    May 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  17. faster

    I can't believe that most Muslims are shocked by these abductions. It is NOT misinterpreting the Quran to believe that slavery is acceptable, because it IS acceptable. Any Muslim who doesn't like it had best keep quiet about that in the mosques. Anyone who disagrees with ANYTHING in their holy books is a false Muslim, and can be killed for it. Harder to do in the West, but it happens even there.

    Islam has a "rap sheet" of approving slavery and abuses of women for 1400 years, and counting. That rap sheet also includes nonstop conquest. Which they are continuing today, with a LOT of help from modern technology. They can now hob and nob with their fellow Muslims online, making it easier to plan their global conquest of us all.

    The problem isn't with Boko's "misinterpretation," but of its PUBLIC COMPLIANCE with the Quran.

    Since almost none of us study their holy books, we're easily misled by Muslims who say such things are not permitted in their belief system. Even when they ARE. Because dishonesty to us infidels is deemed a virtue by them. So never, ever, ask a Muslim anything about his religion unless you want to hear the cotton candy lies. If what you want is the truth, do your own homework and study THEIR holy texts thoroughly. That will indeed enlighten you, and you'll know exactly HOW cruel and unfeeling this belief system makes its believers.

    It is a belief system that doesn't qualify as a genuine religion, because it has ZERO regard for human life, not even the lives of its own believers, whom it demands do battle for it, and in doing so, they must hope to DIE, or they aren't pious enough.

    May 7, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • mohammed Qutubuddin


      Punishment for BOKO HARAM:

      According to Islamic Shari ah, if some one abducts girls and sells them the punishment is STONE THEM to DEATH – Kidnapper will be killed.

      Boko Haram is Anti Islam, it is having an ulterior motive to defame Islam, it is funded by Western Christian Missionaries.

      May 7, 2014 at 12:17 am | Reply
  18. mohammed Qutubuddin


    Punishment for BOKO HARAM:

    According to Islamic Shari ah, if some one abducts girls and sells them the punishment is STONE THEM to DEATH.

    Boko Haram is Anti Islam, it is having an ulterior motive to defame Islam, it is funded by Western Christian Missionaries.

    May 7, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
    • Nijamudin

      Get lost idiot.. don't know what's happening around this planet 🙂 educate yourself first and comment..

      May 7, 2014 at 1:33 am | Reply
      • mohammed Qutubuddin

        You are a great intellect.

        May 7, 2014 at 3:10 am |
      • max

        you shouldnt ve answered him. his brain is like that of the nigerian president...he never sees be frank, he is an idiotaaaaa....x10

        May 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm |
  19. Olaitan sulaiman

    pls abubakar shekau,the head of boko haram pls dnt sell our sell girl....bring them home!!

    May 7, 2014 at 1:25 am | Reply
  20. Wale Bolodeoku

    An incompetent leadership is foisted on this nation by a political system which promotes patronage, unimaginable corruption and deliberate devotion to its decadence. It is hard to imagine that a nation of 170 million people will have as it's head this bunch of impotent folks. A government based on quota system, and not on proven abilities, will throw up all sorts of vermins, the type we now see in Nigeria.

    May 7, 2014 at 1:28 am | Reply
  21. G3 Ogiji

    I saw this coming so i did this track of song but no one see what i saw but now it on the lime light and we know all that is going on but we cant talk, our leaders are the one killing us, let wake up Nija and face this or it will never stop. if this video can be share all over the Nation change will come.

    May 7, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
  22. Factsseeker

    Kerry's expression of outrage at the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria is clearly justified. But it also shows everything that is wrong with the US today. Neither Kerry or Obama have made a similar intense angry statement about the 100000 child soldiers whose lives are being abused and ruined today in Africa alone. Why ? Because these soldiers are mostly male children some as young as 10 years old. This glaring omission contrasts strongly with the current trumpeting by Obama and Kerry about the girls. Government thinking in the US sees all males, children and adults, as cannon fodder.

    May 7, 2014 at 1:50 am | Reply
  23. TMAN

    I read articles that incriminate the USA about The BOKO Haram, BUT I DONT CARE if our girls are back home, no matter the cost!

    Am so ashamed of people attacking religions, instead of the FACE(S) behind TERRORISM.

    This is a chance for the world to prove that we are one! lets end this once and for all!


    May 7, 2014 at 4:23 am | Reply
  24. Name*poorya

    I do love that story thnx Christian

    May 7, 2014 at 4:29 am | Reply
  25. ahmad farid

    it was very bad and sad new for me . when i heared it . everything are possible if the nation be wak up and care .

    May 7, 2014 at 5:22 am | Reply
  26. Relieve


    May 7, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
  27. Sammy

    Prayers for my country. It's very heartbreaking, what's going on right now, and our only hope is in God. The humanity suffering in all of this, from the kidnappings to the bombings, it's frightening to think of the future if this is not dealt with.
    The U.S to step in though, i seem to have a bit of problem with, i mean their history of military interventions has not been the "cleanest" or most effective, consequently massive civilian 'collateral damage' are regarded as "unavoidable" or "accidental". Their presence alone tends to cause divisions and create fractions which eventually destabilizes the country. Don't get me wrong, i want more than anything, the families to be reunited with their daughters and the bombings to stop, i want it all to end, but can we risk an atrocious intervention with possible interminable social and economic disruption aka U.S military intervention? Again Our only hope is in God, we will continue praying for peace.

    May 7, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  28. Methusalem

    Very sad that Mr. Soyinka fell for Amanpour's trap by comparing Boko idiots with Koni phantom. "Koni is a Christian!" "Christian beast", woow! it's disgusting to hear from 'Christiane' Amanpour apeasing the demonic muslim gangs who are murdering on a daily basis innocent children, crucifiying Christian men and women all over the world.

    May 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  29. astrahinitiative

    Nigeria is a beautiful country. I love my country so much. I can't imagine living anywhere else. The people are fantastic. We have what it takes to make this nation great. What saddens me is the people who govern this great nation. They evil. They have lost focus and are all fighting for power, stealing from the poor to enrich themselves! We need to find a way to flush these people out. I have entrusted the life of this great nation in God's hands.

    May 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  30. Anass


    May 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  31. Sly

    A country in chaos... The leader is clueless, people are dying in their numbers, the future of d self acclaimed giant of africa in serious jeopardy. The international community has stepped in to help but where will that lead us. Wen the US finally help solve the prob on ground, mark my words, they'll never leave. Then we'll become Iraq, Afganistan etc... God help us all

    May 10, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  32. chiamaka.

    I honestly have mixed feelings for this man. Respect for him because he's an elder but disgust because he is all talk and no walk (your average hypocritical Nigerian citizen),he feels because he won a noble laureate he has a say in the Nation's affairs, there are many nobel laureate winners in the world and they don't use that as an opporunity to talk down and insult their countries government (he should try that in korea or russia), I'm not supporting the government's actions towards this situation I'm just saying he should do something himself, or just sit sileny in a corner, he has influence over many Nigerians he could use that influence to better this nation but he chooses to insult Nigeria every chance he gets, the only thing he has done for Nigeria is to introduce cultism (another form of terroism) and till this day lives are being lost in Nigerian Universities, when people are talking, some people shouldn't open their mouths.

    May 11, 2014 at 2:44 am | Reply
  33. semon

    please what's is the president saying

    May 11, 2014 at 5:07 am | Reply
  34. Marcel AKUNEME

    * Bring Back The Girls.

    The Nigerian government should swallow their pride ( it's ok, you have tried) and ask for help from the international community especially the United States of America and in partnership with Britain and France have the region operated by these boko haram terrorists under control both by air and land. I cannot imagine how 200 children with at least 50-100 captors, several trucks can disappear without a trace. Who is/are supporting, informing, supplying and enabling these terrorists? I believe that this area can be brought under control just like the mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan by using unmanned drones, standing ground army from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to each strictly protect and enforce their border thereby isolating these terrorists to one region, then with Special forces trained by the US/Britain/ France carry out patrols/searches through the entire region. If this issue is left to fester it will be disastrous for Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and soon after, the rest of the world.
    Failure to act will only embolden them to commit more heinous crime.

    It's unfortunate that these children and their families are being traumatized. We have to bear in mind that these could have been our daughters, sisters, cousins or nieces but by accident of fate, birth and location. If this incident happened anywhere in the western world, there will be 24hr coverage and the world will rally round to resolve it quickly but if it's Africa it's another footnote to the days events. 200 lives cannot and will not be a foot note. The has world to decide when to deal with this new scourge boko haram, either now when it's still in its infancy or later when they become a world nuisance with more experience & followers. Let's not kid ourselves, these fools will soon outgrow their location and become a world problem. It's already growing into a regional problem for Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

    The time to act is Now. The kids must be found and safely returned home. Quickly.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
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