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Fixing Nigeria

In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 file photo, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria. The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Arizona Sen. John McCain wants to send Special Forces into the darkest part of Nigeria where the Boko Haram is holding hundreds of school girls.

With all his military training, he certainly must know how dangerous that would be for the children being held captive. They've already been threatened with death for simply refusing to convert to Islam. Imagine the slaughter when their captors realize they're surrounded by trained military.

But what is the solution to this international horror story? Should the Western world negotiate some kind of a settlement with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan? He and his government have so far proven to be passive, at the very least, in investigating the crime.

What could Jonathan be offered that he hasn't already stolen from his people? The government, the courts system and the police combine to make Nigeria one of the most corrupt countries on the planet. So I wonder if either threats or shame will force Nigeria to demand the release of those girls.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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