Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday, Nigeria’s challenge of terrorism in the north was being fuelled by extreme poverty that increases by the day, an evaluation he once offered during a previous visit to Nigeria. It is also an evaluation Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan hates to hear.
Mr. Clinton said Nigerian leaders must share the country’s resources equitably, and develop the country’s human resources to stem extremism that has seen bombings, shootings and abductions escalate mainly in the northern states where extremist groups, Boko Haram, and Ansaru, thrive.
“You have to somehow bring economic opportunity to the people who don’t have it. You have all these political problems — and now violence problems — that appear to be rooted in religious differences and all the rhetoric of the Boko Harams and others. But the truth is the poverty rate in the north is three times of what it is in Lagos,” the former president said.I have been to very poor countries, such as Paraguay, Bolivia, and Haiti, and they don't have anything akin to these BH savages running around. Ol' Bill Clinton also seems to forget that the 9/11 hijackers were all comfortably well-off, if not rich, as was Bin Ladin. In Nigeria we have Muslims attacking Christians--all of them are poor and all of them are black. The one thing that makes them different is the religion.
Our vapid First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS of the Toned Arms) gave a "Presidential address" (Huh?) today dealing with the kidnappings in Nigeria,
Delivering the weekly presidential radio and Internet address on the eve of the U.S. holiday honoring mothers, the first lady and mother of two said that, like millions of people around the world, she and President Barack Obama are "outraged and heartbroken" over the April 15 abduction of nearly 300 girls from their dormitory.
She asked the nation to pray for their safe return and stressed the importance of education.
"In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters," Mrs. Obama said in the five-minute address, referring to Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12. "We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now."
She said what happened more than three weeks ago in Nigeria was not an isolated incident, but "a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions."
The kidnappings have nothing to do with that. The kidnappers are Muslims and the victims are overwhelmingly Christian. This is a grotesque act of Muslim terror, not part of some global male misogynist TEA Party plot to prevent girls from attending school. These are Muslims who consider girls and women no better than cattle, and see nothing wrong with kidnapping, killing, raping, or selling them to other Muslims as slaves. Nowhere does the FLOTUS mention the word "Islam," in fact, neither does the article to which I linked above.
It is indeed troubling when a TV comedian such as Bill Maher has a better understanding of what's at stake than does the President, the FLOTUS, and the media.