Brit abroad. Africa Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal. Previously covering Europe and the Middle East.
The drivers and their passengers say they need urgent assistance from the government. Sani Adamu called for immediate action: “We have no other occupation to cater for our families other than driving on these dangerous roads.”
The strategy, which has consolidated military forces in big cities, has created a paradox: Garrisoned cities like Maiduguri feel more secure but surrounding roads & countryside have become a kind of no man’s land,plagued by even deeper levels of insecurity.
Some drivers say the only way to survive is to pay protection money to Boko Haram. Others say that even if they avoid the militants’ mobile checkpoints, members of security services will force them to pay a bribe, usually referred to as “water money.”
Governor Zulum once drove a taxi to pay his way through college, but his convoy has been attacked twice in recent months. He told President Buhari in August that the super-camp strategy was “unwise and not working.”
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Will be rewatching this tonight in tribute. Recommended viewing to understand the genius and the devil on his shoulder.
I was last at Lekki toll gate on Monday night - this was the scene.