Joshua Maribole–Staff Writer
110 girls have been kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram, according to recent media reports from the BBC.
According to Time Magazine, the attack took place in Dapchi, Nigeria. The gunmen attacked the Government Sciences and Technical School. The Government Sciences and Technical School has 926 students.
“The big deal is that the government is failing its security promises because the number one promise of the Burahi Administration is security,” Matthew Ojo, a Nigerian student at Dordt said.
After Nigeria’s election in 2015, the new president, Muhammad Buhari, promised to make the country more secure and get rid of the Boko Haram threat that plagued the lives of many Nigerians. In the same year, after regaining power, he declared Boko Haram defeated.
This event is similar to an event in 2014 where more than 274 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. The group was known as the Chibok Girls. The most recent attack happened approximately 170 miles from Chibok.
“It kind of shows that there needs to be more security in those schools and some sort of security in the northern region otherwise parents will lose faith in sending their own children to school,” Ojo said.
Who is Boko Haram?
According to the BBC, Boko Haram, is translated to “western education is forbidden.” Boko Haram was started in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf. They are responsible for the death of thousands of Nigerians. They have also attacked Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
In 2003, Boko Haram began its attacks in Nigeria in the State of Yobe. In 2009, after the terrorist group launched and killed numerous policemen, the Nigerian military responded by killing 700 militants including their leader. After the death of their leader, Boko Haram escalated the amount of their attacks. Churches and mosques became their targets.
When Boko Haram attacked the Chibok Girls in 2014, they said that they had taken them as their wives. In 2017, 82 of the Chibok girls were released.
President Buhari has said that the Nigerian government will work to try and find the girls who have been abducted.