Nigeria clears Ebola, negotiates Boko Haram cease-fire, so should travelers still be worried?
There's been some positive news for residents of Nigeria in recent days. The country has been certified by the World Health Organization as being free of Ebola after six weeks had passed with no new infections, the BBC reported. Another major development came when the country's government announced a cease-fire deal with fundamentalist terrorist organization Boko Haram after months of negotiations, according to CNN International. The agreement is intended to lead to a general end of open hostilities between the terrorist entity and Nigerian police and military forces, but a single provision in the agreement has attracted a high level of attention in the western media.
School children to be returned
The plight of more than 200 school-aged girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram months ago caught the attention of many news media organizations.The incident exemplified both tensions in the region and the extremes to which the terrorist group was willing to go to enforce its agenda, which includes depriving young women of educational opportunities. The return of the captured girls, who have been held captive for months, hasn't yet been completed. The Nigerian government is confident that Boko Haram will go through with the deal, however. The government did acknowledge that not all the girls will be released at once, but that they will return in groups.
"We have agreed on the release of the Chibok schoolgirls, and we expect to conclude on that at our next meeting with the group's representative next week in Chad," said Hassan Tukur, principal secretary to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, to CNN International.
But is it really safe?
Nigeria seems to have cleared up some of its biggest problems recently, but there's some skepticism related to the cease-fire that's hard to ignore. The Financial Times suggested that the cease-fire may not end up being as easy to reach as previously thought, and there could be future problems in store in the area. Despite Nigeria's growth as a nation and as a top economy in all of Africa during the past decade, these concerns should have corporate travelers and those at companies who are involved in risk analysis wary of travel to the area. This is especially true in the time immediately after the cease-fire was negotiated - and as the world waits to see whether Boko Haram follows through on any of its promises.
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