U.S THINKTANK, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, SETS UP NIGERIA SECURITY TRACKER

US AFRICOM Commander, General Carter F. Ham

US AFRICOM Commander, General Carter F. Ham

THISDAY
27 December, 2012
By Paul Ohia, with agency reports

United States independent thinktank, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) said it had established a research project called Nigeria Security Tracker aimed at cataloguing political violence based on a methodological survey of international media.

Writing on CFR blog Wednesday, former US ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell and senior researchers of CFR, Ralph Bunche and Asch Harwood said the effort was geared towards having a better understanding of the crises in Nigeria. “The NST is particularly focused on violence related to Boko Haram and other militant activities, communal or ethno-religious conflicts, extrajudicial killings by state security and kidnappings or other violent incidents that have a clear political dimension,” they wrote giving hint of the data collected so far through this method.

According to the NST, October 2012 was by far Nigeria’s deadliest month in the sixteen-month period since June 2011. In that month, three days of ongoing attacks by Boko Haram in the northern state of Yobe left at least 30 people dead, including a former government official. In Borno State, the military went on a rampage after a bomb attack injured two soldiers, killing at least thirty civilians. The NST also revealed that in Benue, communal conflict resulted in the deaths of at least thirty people and the destruction of homes and farmlands.

“A suicide bombing at a church in Kaduna killed eight people and set off reprisals that killed at least two more. In total, at least six hundred people were killed in October 2012.” the collected data said.

The NSF system also revealed that Boko Haram has also expanded its area of operations. CFR was able to record that in 2011, the sect’s violence was largely confined to Nigeria’s northeast region by the end of 2012. According to the data, this year, Boko Haram-related attacks have occurred in 14 out of the country’s 36 states, including all twelve of the states that have already adopted Islamic (Sharia) law, and in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

Boko Haram has also claimed responsibility for attacks in Plateau State, which has been torn apart by ongoing communal violence. “Up until now, Boko Haram has been focused on Nigerian rather than Western targets of the international jihad. But that might be changing. In a recently released video, Abubakar Shekau made hostile references to the United States and Britain,” the CFR researchers noted.

They observed that the United States was increasingly worried that Boko Haram was collaborating with the al-Qaeda- linked Islamist regime in northern Mali. They equally noted that the Nigerian press has attributed to Boko Haram the murder of four Chinese nationals, three Indians and a Ghanaian in Borno State, as well as the kidnapping of two Europeans in Kebbi State who were killed in a botched rescue.

While victims continue to be almost exclusively Nigerian, Boko Haram has expanded its focus within the country. Since Christmas 2011, Christians have been a growing percentage of victims. Countrywide, according to the NST, at least thirty-seven attacks have occurred at churches and twenty-one at mosques. The NST has documented at least twenty-eight alleged suicide bombings, ten of which targeted churches and mosques. Use of suicide bombers had been unknown in West Africa, where suicide is culturally anathema, until two high- profile attacks in Abuja – the June 2011 police headquarters bombing and the August 2011 United Nations headquarters bombing.

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3 Responses to U.S THINKTANK, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, SETS UP NIGERIA SECURITY TRACKER

  1. beegeagle says:

    Here comes another reason why Beegeagle’s Blog are in business – changing STRANGE attitudes and influencing outcomes. We are very, very serious operators who are reckoned with everywhere that it matters.

    We already told you before now that some of our august but silent readers are really big hitters at the Council of Foreign Relations. As a moderator, I do respect their privacy and confidentiality and as such, shall go no further.

    All year long, we have shouted ourselves hoarse about the thoroughly perforated content emanating from the CFR, no thanks to the exertions of the influential Kaduna-based activist Mallam Shehu.We have never stopped to shudder at some of the more indefensible cliches which routinely rolled off the CFR press – “BH are a local problem” and “Jonathan broke an unwritten rule..”

    Well, CFR probably now sense that BH is neither entirely a local problem nor an issue about poverty. Better late than never.

    BACKGROUNDER

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/u-s-adds-first-boko-haram-members-to-terrorist-list/

    We welcome this climbdown from what has been a decidedly pro-terrorist stance until this paradigm shift and hope that they stay in the balanced middle.

    We also thank those who have done their best to put across the true underpinnings, gains and challenges entailed in the conflict to the curious world. Thank you Peter Pham, Jacob Zenn and Deidre LaPin.

    • jimmy says:

      GEN BEEGEAGLE
      HAPPY NEWYEAR, to every body on this blog. I look forward to America and European Nations finally desigating B.H. a F.T.O. In months to come sani WILL BECOME IRRELEVANT with B.H. now being ruled rigidly by the hardliners and KIDNAPPERS OF WESTERNERSS there is no more POVERTY alleviation sypathizers , anymore. With the made to order of the kidnapping of a frenchman from a heavily guarded compound. B.H.has as usual proved us hawks to be right, I see action taking place in MALI before MAY I.E before the rainy season starts.
      In this regard ECOWAS ( READ Nigeria better get its act together). I must give credit where and when it is due the formation of the NAF regiment together with the required logistics means this is seriuos buisness as OGA XNUR is keeping us informed. We are also seeing that with the current ( latest Naval exercise) that the Central COMMAND is up and running.

  2. BishopOfSapele says:

    Kudos to you General Beeg and validation for your hard work and incisive commentary . I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago and since then have been back practically every day catching up on the archive posts and comments. It has been so interesting…. Keep up the good work!

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