Buhari Agents Stone Jonathan's Convoy in Yola, Jalingo
Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight
Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's
electioneering convoy in the eastern city of Yola, breaking windshields
and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable
to see if anyone was hurt.
Police used tear gas and whips to disperse the mob.
There were similar reports of the Nigerian leader being met by
stone-throwing crowds in Jalingo, capital of neighboring Taraba state.
In Yola, soldiers guarded billboards and posters of Jonathan, who is
running for re-election Feb. 14. Protesters shouted that the troops should
instead be fighting the Boko Haram insurgents blamed for the deaths of
some 10,000 people in the past year.
“Why are they using soldiers and other security operatives? They should be
deployed to Sambisa and fight with Boko Haram, not with innocent
civilians,” one youth yelled as he tore down a poster of a smiling
Sambisa Forest is where the insurgents have camps and where they are
believed to be holding some of the 276 schoolgirls abducted from a
boarding school in the remote town of Chibok in April — a mass kidnapping
that brought international outrage.
Dozens of the girls escaped on their own but 219 remain missing, a
reminder of the failures of Nigeria's government and military.
Yola, capital of Adamawa state, is housing tens of thousands of people
driven from their homes in the five-year-old insurgency.
It is unclear if the more than 1 million people displaced by the
insurgency will be able to vote. Hundreds of thousands have taken refuge
in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. And it is not known how many tens
of thousands remain in more than 100 village and towns in the northeast
held by the insurgents.
Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram group has been attacking Cameroonian
villages and troops, broadening the conflict and raising fears among
A summit of the African Union in Ethiopia this week will address the need
for a multinational force to fight the Nigerian extremists.
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