It appears that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has lost a marble or a billion. Jonathan has written parliament requesting the government borrow $1bn (£580m) from external organizations to strengthen the military’s capability to fight militant Islamists.
Just a few months ago Nigerian faced staunch criticism stemming from the mass abduction of more than 276 Nigerian school girls. The international community was outraged [for about one week] posting signs, and held international protests supporting the return of the school girls. Protesters used social media in a massive Twitter campaign to connect globally with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters
The response of the Nigerian government seemingly was to ignore the pleas from their citizens to take action against the insurgency of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram who abducted the girls The government, known for its corruption, already boasts a military budget of about $6 billion. Mr Jonathan said there was an “urgent need” to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of the armed forces and security services to help them confront the “serious threat” posed by Boko Haram.
In the letter to the Senate and House of Representatives, Mr Jonathan said he wanted to borrow the extra money as part of a “government-to-government arrangement”. He did not specify to which government the letter would be sent.
Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009 in more than 70 towns and villages in the north-east sector of Nigeria with 95 separate attacks. The cities in the north east have been under siege and Boko Haram has killed more than 500 civilians.
It seems that Goodluck Jonathan has had nothing but bad luck when it comes to Boko Haram. Exactly what is Nigeria doing with the current $6 billion currently budgeted for the military?