The birthday has passed almost unnoticed. Five years ago, on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 high school girls aged 12 to 17 from Chibok in northern Nigeria. Five years later, families and authorities still have no news of 112 of them. The other high school girls were able to escape or be released after negotiations with the group, especially in exchange for prisoners.
Hostages among others
The slogan "Bring back our Girls" ( ' give us our girls »), relayed at the time to the White House, is shared only by a handful of diehards, stifled by other tragedies, in this country of 190 million inhabitants, eaten away by crime and conflicts.
The 112 girls joined the large list of abductees by groups linked to Boko Haram. Kidnappings and attacks that punctuate life in the Nigerian countryside in the north-east of the country where the army controls only urban centers. On Thursday, April 11, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Borno State.
It is especially the violence between militia and cattle thieves that preoccupies the political authorities. These bloody clashes in separate parts of Nigeria killed more than 100 people in less than a week. These armed groups attacking livestock spread terror and kidnap villagers in exchange for ransom.
The reaction of the army
The brutal attitude of the Nigerian army in its fight against Boko Haram is helping to turn the population against the central government.
In Nigeria, an empty city facing Boko Haram
Added to this is a poorly commanded and unmotivated army. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held an emergency meeting on Thursday (April 11th) with senior security officials to discuss kidnappings, armed groups and other issues facing the nation "said Chief of Staff General Gabriel Olonisakin.
The concern of the United Nations
The United Nations on Thursday (April 11th) called on the Nigerian government to provide emergency assistance to 10,000 people evacuated by the army ahead of an offensive against the Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria.
Niger, Nigeria, Chad: Boko Haram takes control
These displaced people who, according to witnesses contacted by AFP, were forced by soldiers to board trucks without any prior warning. However, the capital of Borno state is already home to nearly a million displaced people in disastrous health conditions.
Kidnappings and attacks on Boko Haram continue in northern Cameroon, southeastern Niger and the Lake Chad area. On Monday, April 15, no less than seven Chadian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack that also wounded 15 people, according to an AFP alert. Tuesday, April 10, it was Diffa, the big city of the south-east of Niger, which was struck by a major attack of this last one.