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Nigeria contrasts with Tunisia, government silence over Borno killings

Kenny Awotorebo

As a minute’s silence is held to remember the 38 people killed in Tunisia a week ago, Nigerians woke up to a different kind of silence following the reported killing of close to 150 people in north-east Borno State. Official silence.

Nothing from the military and nothing from the government whilst the state owned TV station led its morning news bulletin with a report on a diplomatic appointment.

The militants Boko Haram may no longer hold territory but there is little to celebrate when large swathes of the north-east are clearly not under any kind of government control.

A top BBC reporter in Nigeria is watching the television news bulletin, and wondering why there is no mention of the killings in Borno earlier this week: