Thursday, 5 February 2015
Nigeria Hires South African Mercenaries To Rein In Boko Haram
In what an analyst described as a 'last minute bid to shore-up his chances of re-election in the face of imminent defeat at the Presidential election', President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly gave the nod to hire 'Private Military Contractors' from South Africa to help rein in Boko Haram.
Some of the South African 'Private Military Contractors' supposedly worked for the defunct apartheid government to hunt down black freedom fighters.
The South African government is opposed to the arrangement, calling the ‘military experts’ mercenaries and threatens to arrest them on returning home.
The South African Minister for International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, speaking to journalists on the sideline of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia expressed dismay at the involvement of her compatriots in the deal.
“We always discourage South Africans to enter the fray in a situation like that,” she said.
Trying to play down the deal, Spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade said during the week that : “It is well known that terrorism being an international and trans/cross border menace calls for the involvement of all well meaning countries all over the world.”