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Death of students in Nigeria reveals rising lawlessness.

A suicide bomb explosion in a boys' school in northeast Nigeria killed at least 48 students between the ages of 11 and 20 on Monday and Nigeria is yet again counting the loss of young lives. The attack is attributed to Boko Haram, the country's homegrown terrorist group that seems to be having an unfettered run and is a clear pointer to President Goodluck Jonathan's inability to deracinate this terrorist group.

With every fresh episode of violence, his credibility as an effective leader is eroding further.

There is little merit in his assurances that his administration will defeat Boko Haram however long it takes.

In fact, that, precisely, is the problem -- that it is taking so long. The fact that the Nigerian army has still not been able to rescue the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April this year is the crowning indictment of his ineffectual leadership. And his government's claims of brokering a ceasefire with Boko Haram, which the group rubbishes, only proves that he no longer calls the shots.

If Nigeria is to be pulled back from the brink, Jonathan needs to climb back into the driver's seat.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:Nov 12, 2014
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