Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Looks North

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

AFRICANGLOBE – In the view of many security experts, the growing terrorist threat in northern Nigeria is turning into the biggest threat to the country’s security since the civil war four decades ago.

The crisis was severe enough to persuade President Goodluck Jonathan to cut short a trip to South Africa and namibia and return to Nigeria to announce on 14 May a state of emergency in three northern states: Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Days later, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said some 2,000 troops were deployed to Borno State, which borders Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The region has become a crossroads for jihadist groups that are launching hit-and-run attacks in north-eastern Nigeria and linking with groups such as the Mouvement pour l’Unicité et le Jihad en Afrique de l’Ouest and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali.

Head of the Centre for Strategy and Security in the Sahel, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah warns of a toxic political and economic mix in the region: “One significant factor is the perceived arrogance and corruption of urban elites.

The marginalisation of poorer communities and minority ethnic groups has further alienated them from the governing classes.”

But President Jonathan regards jihadist groups in northern Nigeria such as Ansaru and Boko Haram – as a regional, not a national problem and rejects claims that the Joint task Force’s tactics could prove counterproductive and encourage young people to join the insurgents.

This is despite concern from groups such as new York-based Human Rights Watch and from United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who on 18 May referred to “credible allegations” of “gross human rights violations” by nigerian soldiers.

However, the crisis is throwing Kerry and Goodluck together as allies in the fight against jihadists.

The US is providing security assistance and border surveillance technology to track down its highly mobile cadres.

And the $7m reward that the US announced on 3 June for information leading to the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau suggests how seriously it is taking the crisis in northern nigeria.


By: Patrick Smith


  1. jihadist are house negroes of the arabs. who can divide africa can conquer africa. don’t shoot yourself in the foot trying to take someone out.

  2. I said nothing about taking over. The US tries to shape the political landscape of foreign sovereign nations all the time. That’s fact. Once US military forces enter a place they do not leave. Korea, Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, etc… The list goes on. If you believe the only interests the US has in sovereign nations is terrorists, then you are mistaken. That’s not to say many forces aren’t there at the invitation of the host nation. I’ve been there during flight ops with the Philippines and South Korea forces.
    Much aid in money and weaponry has gone to disrupt sovereign nations throughout the years though. Any true patriot would be worried and concerned about the actions of their nation and what repercussions could come from negative actions against others. I interacted with foreign nationals respectfully while I was deployed in their nations and did my best to see that the folks I was on liberty with did the same.
    No matter what “agenda” one may have, the number one thing America and Americans need to realize is that being an American doesn’t make us better than any other nation or any other citizen of another nation or give us any right to dictate our religions, philosophies, or governing beliefs to anyone. That’s the biggest reason that other nations have a problem with the US. We’re nosy as fuck simply put

  3. The U.S. ain’t trying to stake a claim in those countries. We are not trying to take over the countries. We are only interested in the terrorists…

    And without a doubt, the countries that we help militarily, also benefit economically. That is a fact.

    But no, there is no secret plan to take over countries. If we wanted to take them over, we could have already.

  4. he a house negro an will allow it to happen he always in the us an euro faces like a child thats looking for a cheer from daddy.. he need to go ..

  5. In the back of my mind I can’t help but wonder if it’s just the US trying to stake its claim in yet another foreign nation through placement of its forces. Once they visit a place they never leave.