Boko Haram attacks: Malema slams 'irresponsible' Jonathan

2015-01-15 10:15
Julius Malema. (Sapa)

Julius Malema. (Sapa)

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Cape Town – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has launched a scathing attack on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan over his silence on recent Boko Haram attacks in the west African country's town of Baga.

Addressing journalists in Johannesburg, Malema described Jonathan as an "irresponsible" leader and urged the South African government to intervene and fight the Islamic group.

"Eh Goodlook, or Badluck or whatever his name is or badluck I don't know... He is quick to release a statement about the killing of Paris and don't say anything about the killings in his own country. That is irresponsible leadership," Malema says in a video.

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Nigeria's military said on Monday that at least 150 people had been killed in clashes with Islamists in the north-eastern town of Baga. The United Nations human rights office, however, noted that there were "wildly differing" accounts, with some reports putting the toll at 2 000.

Malema said the EFF was saddened by the continued massacres in Nigeria, adding that the party "will be raising the matter in Parliament".

According to the Premium Times, Jonathan rushed to condemn the recent terrorist attack on a magazine in France while he remained silent on the bloodbath in Baga.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in a five-year rebellion which is seen as the biggest security threat to Africa's top oil producer and is a headache for Jonathan ahead of what is likely to be a closely fought vote on 14 February.

There is also the risk of the militants destabilising neighbouring countries.

At least 11 320 Nigerian refugees have fled the violence by crossing into neighbouring Chad since the start of the year, according to the UN refugee agency.

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