Jailing their ‘Excellencies’

October 21, 2014 1:38 AM

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A piece of heartening political news came out of Nigeria last week.No, it was not the Federal Government’s proclamation last Friday that it had reached an immediate ceasefire agreement with the Islamist insurgents known as Boko Haram – a name that transliterates as “the book is forbidden.”

Of course, the ceasefire was a significant achievement – or held out the promise of being one. In fact, it raised hopes of the imminent release of numerous victims of abduction, most of them women – among them 219 schoolgirls the Islamists had seized mid-April in Chibok, a pastoral town in the belea...

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