Elections Pale Against Boko Haram Threat Article

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Terrorism Type: Article Paper: #84719397 Related Topics: Nigeria, Military Deployment, Violence Against Women, Muhammad

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Nigeria Election and Media Coverage

The Nigerian elections committee has postponed the national election until March 28, 2015. The election was scheduled to take place on February 14, but growing concerns about violence and security issues have triggered this cautionary response. Yet, there are some who believe that postponement will not substantially result in improved security, and instead will worsen conditions. Nigeria's security chiefs are not confident that they can keep voters in the northeastern region of the country safe from the extremist militant group Boko Haram. Hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted in the northeast Nigeria last spring, and Boko Haram fighters attacked a village in neighboring Chad in February.

President Goodluck Johnathan's decision to postpone the election until security improves does not align with his position for most of 2014 in which he attempted to diminish the militant threat. As Boko Haram's attacks have become more blatantly daring, the popularity of Muhammadu Buhari has increased in concert. Touting his experience as a former military ruler, Buhari claims he will crack down on Boko Haram if he is elected President. Notably, Buhari must fund his own campaign, while Johnathan dips into state funds to keep his campaign...


Nigerian voters face an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire sort of choice: Buhari successfully launched a coup against a democratically elected government in 1983 and ruled for two years -- that Nigerian voters are considering Buhari at all is indicative of the degree of unease conditioned by the Boko Haram threat that includes bombings and terrorist atrocities. Any step back from a democratic election opens the way for Boko Haram to assert more control. Nigerians can ill afford an electoral crisis or any further weakening of the Nigerian armed forces. As it currently stands, Johnathan has said that he would welcome American forces to fight Boko Haram.

This editorial from The New York Times did not sit well with Ambassador Adefuye of Nigeria, who responded with a letter to the paper, which was published on February 18 and 19.

Stressing that the decision to postpone the election was made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, and not [pointedly] by President Goodluck Johnathan, Adefuye said, "While Boko Haram poses a serious threat to our country, we have made great progress to eliminate the scourge; Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past."

The rationale put forth by Adefuye was that it was not practical to simultaneous fight Boko Haram and provide security for the election. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, said that security chiefs advised a postponement as military troops would not be available to provide security during the election as planned because of the military was conducting operations against Boko Haram in the north - especially in Borno state. "If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election material cannot be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free, fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardized,"…

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____. (2015, February 16). The Editorial Board. Nigeria's miserable choices. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/opinion/nigerias-miserable-choices.html?_r=0

____. (2015, February 19). Nigeria Ambassador Adefuye refutes New York Times editorial on election postponement. Sahara Reporters. Retrieved from http://saharareporters.com/2015/02/19/nigeria-ambassador-adefuye-refutes-new-york-times-editorial-election-postponement

____. (2015, February 8). Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria "reduced to a failed state." Al Jazeera. Retrieved from http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2015/02/muhammadu-buhari-nigeria-reduced-failed-state-150208121316691.html

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