JOHANNESBURG, Jan 14 — The Nigerian Union of South Africa (Nusa), an association representing Nigerians in South Africa, has warned that attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist militants now targeting mainly the northern parts of Nigeria will spread to other countries and that South Africa needs to assist the Nigerian government in fighting jihadist fundamentalists.
Nusa’s comments Tuesday come after an escalation of attacks by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. On Tuesday, Cameroonian forces killed 143 Boko Haram militants after they attacked a military base in that country which lies to the east of Nigeria.
Nusa spokesperson Colin Emeka said African leaders should take a leaf from their European counterparts after terrorists killed 17 people in Paris. “The whole world came out, even the western leaders. All the people had to come for a march, a solidarity march, but in this case African leaders, African nations are showing a nonchalant attitude towards what is happening.”
Emeka added that everyone should come on board to address the Boko Haram issue. “It is better that everybody should come on board now to address the issue of Boko Haram because they are growing very big mighty wings,” he said.
”If there are problems in the most populous Black nation of the world, there is going to be an overflow in every part of the world and in every part of Africa.”