Usually activities in Africa are poorly covered by US media, and the recent violence following the Nigerian elections is no exception. Mainstream media has covered the violence, which it likes to do, but no accurate political context is ever provided. Maupin in this article provides a lot of insights as to why the violence is occurring.
One of the primary reasons for the rapid expansion of production in Nigeria is its increasingly friendly relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Chinese political figures, including former president Hu Jintao, have visited Nigeria. Chinese investment in the domestic Nigerian economy is higher than ever.Maupin continues on to describe the close ties of the terrorist organization known as Boko Haram with Al Qaeda and the funders of both, Saudi Arabia. Sound familiar?
For years the Nigerian state has been battling a group of religious extremists who call themselves “Boko Haram.” While until recently, US officials like Hillary Clinton have worked to keep Boko Haram off of the official list of foreign terrorist organizations, China has been supplying Nigeria with weapons to fight Boko Haram. In addition to selling Nigeria arms, the Chinese government officially presented the Nigerian navy with a battleship as a “gift.” China has acted as a champion of Nigeria, pushing for it to have a greater role in international affairs at the United Nations.
The Nigerian state, despite still working closely with western bankers, has been purchasing a great deal of Chinese weapons.
See also this UN report appealing for donations to help the estimated 192,000 refugees in neighboring countries who fled the violence in Nigeria.