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Thread: Hundreds of Thousands of Nigerians Flee Boko Haram, Seek Sanctuary

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    Re: Hundreds of Thousands of Nigerians Flee Boko Haram, Seek Sanctuary

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Nigeria is increasingly a failing state, has an impotent army (poorly trained, lack of morale, lack of commitment to the nation state, etc.), and widespread political corruption and cronyism. That's a bad combination. Nigeria isn't quite Somalia, but it's on a trajectory in which its deteriorating institutions are becoming increasingly dysfunctional. A leadership change might be a catalyst for breathing new life into the government as the current President is hapless and often out of touch with the realities facing Nigeria, but the chronic institutional decay will need to be remedied if Nigeria is to be turned around. A dramatic restructuring of the military will also be needed, as the military's performance against Boko Haram makes it abundantly clear that in most head-to-head battle situations Boko Haram would rout Nigeria's armed forces. Given some recent encounters, the fight would not even be close. This is a dangerous situation.
    Let's face it, despite it's oil wealth, it's just another sub-Saharan disaster.
    Ring me when they get a govt.
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    Re: Hundreds of Thousands of Nigerians Flee Boko Haram, Seek Sanctuary

    Quote Originally Posted by mbig View Post
    Let's face it, despite it's oil wealth, it's just another sub-Saharan disaster.
    Ring me when they get a govt.
    Tragically, you're correct. Abundant natural resources are no guarantee of good or even competent governance.

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