Press TV, the Iranian state-owned English language news and documentary network, aired a discussion yesterday on Boko Haram’s atrocities in Nigeria in its The Debate programme.
One commentator, Shabbir Hassannally, an Islamic scholar and activist, claimed that the interests of the Nigerian government were served by the Boko Haram attacks because the government “does not care about the people”.
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Other guests Abayomi Azikiwe, the editor of the Pan-African News Wire and Naseer al-Omari, a writer and political commentator, were withering in their criticism of the Nigerian government’s attempts to deal with the insurgency. Azikiwe reminded viewers that President Muhammadu Buhari promised to eliminate Boko Haram in six months. Nothing of that sort happened.
Al-Omari claimed that the government has made matter worse by violating human rights in the fight against the militants and created even more anger. He argued that the insurgency was a story of failed governance and extremism. He also linked it to Nigeria’s colonial past and a new form of colonialism with the West turning a blind eye to the Nigerian government’s oppression of its people.