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West under fire for failure to tackle Boko Haram crisis

Ignatius Ayau Kaigama says the world has to show more determination to halt the group's advance in Nigeria.

FILE: A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Catholic Archbishop of Jos says the killings in the north eastern Nigerian town of Baga show the Abuja government is unable to tackle Boko Haram.

Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has accused the world of ignoring the problem and says it has to show more determination to halt the terror group's advance in Nigeria.

Kaigama called on the international community to show the same spirit in fighting Boko Haram as it has following the terror attacks in France.

His remarks come after 23 people were killed by three female suicide bombers, one reported to be 10-years-old.

There are also reports that a total of 16 villages were attacked last week by militants with Nigeria's military seemingly unable to prevent repeated onslaughts by the terror group which has been wreaking havoc in north eastern Nigeria since 2009.

The Nigerian authorities say that the casualty number may be considerably less than the 2,000 previously believed.

People in Baga maintain it's too dangerous to recover the bodies let alone count them.

SA OFFERS SUPPORT

South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria says support has been offered to the country following the massacre.

The killings have been condemned as unacceptable by the South African government which says the African community must act in a coordinated manner.

Lulu Mnguni says authorities are willing to help the Nigerian government.

On Monday, Amnesty International said the Nigerian government's failure to prevent the massacre of people by Boko Haram has revealed its inability to protect civilians or launch any effective crackdown on the terror group.

The massacre has been condemned as unacceptable by the South African government which says the African community must act in a coordinated manner.

Amnesty International's Deputy Director in the Southern African Development Community Noel Kututwa said, "What is surprising is the scale of the attack, we know that Boko Haram continues to operate and continues to kill but the fact that they can kill more than 2,000 people and we don't hear of any military action by the government is really shocking."