Nigerian Jihad


On Christmas Day, some 300 people almost died when Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up the holiday travelers on Northwest Airlines Flight #253. Regardless of any pronouncements to the contrary by the DHS Secretary, State Department, Attorney General, President Obama, ACLU, Code Pink, C.A.I.R., or anyone else who believes in a kinder, gentler Islamic terrorism, this was not criminal activity, but jihad. All have heard how previous to clamming up at the advice of his terrorist-defending attorney, the Panty-Pyrotechnician boasted to FBI agents that there were many potential jihadists just like him in Yemen. What he did not mention is that there are also thousands of active jihadists back home in Nigeria, nor that Yemen was not the only place training Nigerian terrorists.

An incendiary crotch may be a new twist, as it were, but the struggle against infidels for the global domination of Islam is an ongoing one that spans from Saudi Arabia to Sudan, from Denmark to Detroit, from Brussels to Boston. It is just that so far, jihad usually takes a different form in the United States — relying on the kindness (gullibility, naiveté, and political correctness) of strangers and the paralysis of the United States government, as democracy is turned inside out to the advantage of its enemies. That may not always be the case.

In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, jihad has been more aggressive. Inter-religious violence resulting from radical Islam has been responsible for the deaths of over 50,000 people in the past ten years in Nigeria. Although state religion is ostensibly a violation of the country’s national, secular constitution, 12 out of 36 states have instituted Shari’a (Islamic law) as the highest legal authority. And, as is usually the case, Shari’a has opened the door to unchecked persecution of non-Muslims.

In states where Islam does not hold complete sway, Islamists are doing their damnedest to change the situation. Such is the case in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in Nigeria’s middle belt. Violence broke out in Jos on Sunday, January 17, 2010. (Interesting, how many attacks on Christians take place on Sunday or on holy days, such as Christmas.) Most media reported “conflicting accounts” of the origin of the attacks, in which nearly 500 people were killed.  In Times Online, State Commissioner of Police Greg Anyating said that the violence began with Muslim youths setting fire to a church. But Muslims have denied this claim and blame Christian youths stopping a Muslim man from rebuilding his house for triggering the violence.

Compass Direct New Service further details the attack that almost wiped out a small village on the outskirts of Jos. Their sources confirm that the violence began with an unprovoked attack on worshippers at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. “Some Muslim youths invaded some churches and started burning and destroying properties,” said Rev. Chuwang Avou of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). “We were told that the youths pursued a lady to the church. Nobody knew what the lady did. What we just discovered was that the entire atmosphere was ignited and houses were being burned,” he continued.

In addition to St. Michael’s, the Muslim youths, in a true spirit of ecumenism, burned the buildings of churches of several Protestant denominations, as well. Christ Apostolic Church, the Assemblies of God Church, three branches of the Church of Christ in Nigeria and two buildings of the Evangelical Church of West Africa were all burned. Times Online says that volunteers discovered bodies “shoved into communal wells and sewer dumps.” They also found the bodies of those killed by gunshot and machete in the bush outside the village. Surprisingly, only 2 pastors and 46 other Christians were originally confirmed killed amongst all the dead, according to CAN.

But Archbishop of Jos in the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, said that Christians were in tears during worship the next Sunday because of missing family and friends whose bodies they have been unable to find. “This means that the corpses we are shown on television in the mosque must include people the Muslims have killed,” said Kwashi in the January 26 Times Online. “Quite a number of local people, Christians and other non-Muslims, are finding that people are missing. They have been looking around for the last three days and can’t find them. They have come to the conclusion that their bodies are among the corpses in the mosque that are being used to whip up emotion against the church,” he said. Kwashi called on Muslims to “hand back the dead.”

In a letter posted to web site Anglican Mainstream, Kwashi asked, “Who identified the corpses to certify that these are Muslim corpses in the mosque? Where were they taken from?  What is the aim of taking corpses to the mosque and displaying them to the world?” he continued.” Suppose Christians took corpses to the church and displayed them to the world, what would be the outcome?” he demanded.

Archbishop Kwashi criticized the media for making the Christians the scapegoats, granting moral equivalency to the attacks of the Islamists and the actions of their victims to defend themselves. He made it clear that the Nigerian Christians should not be blamed for responding to defend themselves against unprovoked attack. But at the same time he called for peace and said the Bible ruled out retaliation. “The Gospel that I preach does not allow for vengeance in the face of provocation,” he explained to Times Online religion correspondent, Ruth Gledhill.

Kwashi does not speak lightly or hypocritically. In recent years, he and his family survived two deadly attacks. Early in 2006, an armed gang of Islamists broke into his home in Jos. Kwashi was out of the country, or he probably would have been killed. As it was, his wife, Gloria, was brutally assaulted and two of the couple’s sons were severely beaten. Mrs. Kwashi’s injuries left her blind until her sight was restored later in the year after treatment and much prayer with church friends in the United States.

The Kwashis were targeted again in July 2007. This time Kwashi was present when a gang came in the middle of the night. The men forced him out to the backyard. Then, the bishop says, “They changed their minds” and brought him back to the house. The bishop, believing he was going to die, knelt to pray. But instead of killing him, the gang looted the house and left. The bishop believes that the prayer of brothers and sisters around the world protected him that night.

Protection is definitely required to survive as a Christian in the midst of the ongoing jihad in Nigeria. The January riots came just as Nigerian Christians were beginning to recover from horrific attacks that took place last summer. In July 2009, Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group whose name means “western civilization is forbidden” launched a series of attacks on church and state facilities in 4 northern and central states. Known as the “Nigerian Taliban,” Boko Haram militants killed hundreds, maybe thousands, and used Christians as human shields against the security forces. The head of the Nigerian Red Cross reported that kidnapped survivors of the Boko Haram attack provided chilling testimonies of captured security service personnel being hacked to death and of Christian men being forced to choose between conversion or beheading. According to estimates by the Nigerian Red Cross Society, more than 1000 children lost parents in the July clashes.

According to Archbishop Kwashi, one hopeful sign, being ignored by the media, is that in many parts of Jos and the wider Plateau State, in spite of “the misinformation, rumor, and media reports” Christians and Muslims “have chosen to seek understanding, mutual respect and community life together” and a way to defeat the jihadists. In that spirit, on January 28, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) at a press conference revealed information that it had received from a Muslim cleric who is disgusted with the behavior of the jihadists and confirmed reports of the growth and agenda of Boko Haram.

PFN chairman, Rev. Sam Alaha said that Muslim cleric Mohammed Bala Ahmed had confirmed to them that over 3800 Boko Haram members had been trained by the Taliban in terrorist camps in Sudan. These particular jihadists, he said, were specifically “prepared for the fight in Jos,” revealing in just this one example the extent of the organizing and long-range planning of global jihad.

Ahmed continued that after the July attacks when the Boko Haram were routed by Nigerian security forces, they retreated to the bush where they were training youth “for the purpose of attacking Christians in the entire northern part of the country.”  Alaha concluded the press conference by warning that until this “root is traced and totally excised” they would see their city “still smoking in their hands without provocation.”

In August 2009, Boko Haram itself released a statement in which it declared “total jihad in Nigeria,” threatening to Islamize and enslave the entire nation (something it may have picked up from the terrorist training camps in Sudan). The statement continued:

The Boko Haram is an Islamic Revolution which impact is not limited to Northern Nigeria, in fact, we are spread across all the 36 states in Nigeria, and Boko Haram is just a version of the Al Qaeda which we align with and respect. We support Osama bin Laden, we shall carry out his command in Nigeria until the country is totally Islamised which is according to the wish of Allah.

A week after the attacks in Jos, one of Archbishop Kwashi’s fellow Anglican bishops, the Most Rev. Peter Imasuen, the bishop of Benin Diocese in Edo State in southern Nigeria, was kidnapped after celebrating Sunday Mass at the cathedral. One can hope that the kidnappers, who have demanded the equivalent of $300,000 U.S. as ransom, are “mere criminals” and not jihadists. Then there may be a chance for his safe release. But the other actions in Jos, and elsewhere, are the actions of jihad. Archbishop Kwashi said: “At the heart of this is that they [Muslims] want to overrun this part of the world and make it Islamic. The operation is like terrorism.” Like terrorism and like jihad. Very much like them in fact.

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).

  • msfreeh

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    • cjk

      Worshiper of a murderous, thieving, terrorist, child raper!…Mo' the pedophile and his moondemon pal al'

    • xman

      Off you go back to your Islamic craphole dung-brained scrounging parasite.

  • Rifleman

    Hmmm, $300,000 would buy a lot of rifles and ammo. Two can play the hostage game, ask hezzbuttlicks how snatching soviet hostages in Beruit worked out for them.

    That looks like a German MG40-something with the barrel removed in the picture.

    • Stephen_Brady

      The machinegun looks like a more modern MG3, Rifleman. Its barrel is missing, but the ammo looks like the 7.62×51 (as opposed to the 7.62×57 Mauser round). If it is a MG3, I'd like to know how these terrorists got hold of the most modern variant of the MG42, still in use by the German Army.

      The answer to my question? The Germans have exported their weapon to many countries, including Iran, Pakistan, and Sudan.

      It is my opinion that the world is headed for global religious war. Not exactly the world I envisioned my children and grandchildren living in. However, as for me, I serve only Jesus, the Christ. Take that and shove it, Jihadis …

      • Rifleman

        Wow, I didn't realize they were still using the same basic heat shield after all these years, but I wouldn't doubt it. I understand our M-60 was taken from it.

        I assumed they'd figured a way to adapt it, though the rounds look a little long for the 7.62 NATO (Compare the cartridge length to the base of the rifle stock slung barrel down behind the MG man), and they don't seem to have the pronounced neck. I've seen and heard of them doing some wild things with old firearms in the Arab/Persian world (they're like Cubans are with cars, they'll amaze you), so I wouldn't completely count it out. I saw an old Sturmgewehr in a picture of an insurgent arms cache found in Iraq.

      • Rifleman

        I can count on jihadis getting weapons, but their intended victims shouldn't be just cowering in their churches waiting to be hacked to death or burned alive. Their Army can't be everywhere. This sort of warfare is won by arming, organizing, and training the population so it isn't just the Army the jihadis have to worry about when they decide to go rampaging. An armed countryside is hard to terrorize, by any faction.

        Unfortunately, I think you may be right. I look at what the jihadis say and are doing, the fact that they are advancing by force (that is what helps their recruiting, not as some say, by meeting an unpleasant end at our or anybody else's hands)and terror wherever dar al haarb and dar al islam meet, and the fact that once a place becomes dar al islam, it can never be other, and it will take a miracle to avoid. I'm hopeful for the best, but prepared for the worst, and I don't accept any of their three options.

        • Stephen_Brady

          I think that this is why one of the last holdouts on earth against the Islamists will be the United States. I still own quite an arsenal, including the Model 70 I carried in Vietnam. When and if the day comes, I can arm myself and a large number of trusted people with modern arms. I think that there will hundreds of thousands of such mini-militias scattered all across America, to give dar al islam a warm welcome.

          If necessary, these mini-militias can become organized and expand at an exponential rate. Especially, if the enemy attempts to do the same thing that they're doing in Nigeria (where I've been before … the enemy then were simply Marxists).

          Either the government will take the necessary steps to protect the people from such events, or the people will do what they have to do. And they will do some profiling, along the way …

  • lisa

    Screw Nigeria

    • cjk

      No, screw pislam. We should be helping Southern Nigerians in their resistance to the mohammedan fiends who wish to forcibly convert them to their brand of satanic worship and then turn their resources against the rest of us infidels.
      Anytime we help anyone anywhere to resist the mohammedan fiends, we are in fact fighting for our own freedom and liberty.

  • JosephWiess

    Religion of peace, my backside. Islam is a cult and needs to be treated as such.

  • BS1977

    Nigeria, Rwanda, SOmalia, Sudan, Yemen, Gaza, Pakistan, Turdistan, Crapistan….all violent, horrible, filthy, backward, ganglands of maniacal people…but let's admit millions of em to the USA. Letting the underwear bomber on that jet was the microcosm of our failure to protect our selves, our idiotic immigration PC bowing and scraping , our inability to say NO to illegal immigrants and hordes of troublemakers from these rotten countries. We are in deep kim chee now.

  • 080

    I often wonder whatever happened to the Ibo tribe. They occupied the Christian south as opposed to the Muslim north. It also happened that the Ibo had possession of Nigeria's oil deposits. Then came a merciless genocide of the Ibo by the (was it?) the Hausa tribe (Muslim). I still remember the genocide but it happened some decades ago. Are the Ibo still there?

    • Stephen_Brady

      Could it be that you're talking about the Igbo tribe? About 8 million strong, they are structurally fragmented. It is possible that a sub-group of the Igbo could be called the Ibo, but I've never encountered any of them when I was there.

      Most of the Igbo are Christians, but some of them are Jews.

  • Bamaguje

    In our zeal to condemn to the Islamist threat, we non-Muslims sometimes go overboard.
    While it is true that Muslims here in Nigeria’s Islamic north (yes I am Nigerian) have a penchant for religious violence, Faith McDonell article is somewhat misleading.

    First of all the picture of gun-wielding militants above is not of Jihadists, but of non-Muslim Niger Delta militants down south.
    (I’m not sure if the picture was provided by the author or Frontpagemag).

    Secondly, the author only mentions Christian loses in the recent clashes, but absolutely nothing of the massacre of Muslims by Christian gangs at Kuru Karama outside the theatre of conflict in Jos.

    As for the author’s assertion that Nigeria’s constitution is secular, this is not entirely correct. Our constitution is actually ambivalent on religion because although it prohibits adoption of any state religion, it also provides for government funded sharia courts.

    I recently penned a piece (Whither Nigeria’s Secularism) that partly dwelt on this contradiction and ambivalence of our defective constitution:

    • Stephen_Brady

      Perhaps, you could answer 080's question, above?

  • ando

    islam is a evil and vile religion on the face of this planet.

  • Faith McDonnell

    Thank you for the mention of Samuel Cotton. He was a friend of mine. He also wrote a book on slavery in Mauritania and Sudan called Silent Terror. Sam died of a brain tumor a few years ago. He was a good man, who was not afraid to speak the truth, even when it was politically incorrect.

  • Bamaguje

    “Why are Nigerian Muslims, other African Muslims and ALL Black Muslims everywhere not fighting to STOP the barbarism and slavery perpetrated against Black Muslims in Mauritania and Sudan by Arab Muslims?” – XMAN

    How can the brainwashed Black minions question their Arab masters – Allah’s chosen people? After all Arab Muslims are superior to non-Arab Muslims, especially inferior Black ones.

    Up here in Nigeria’s Muslim north, they demonstrate in support of Palestinians, and against Danish cartoons.
    In response to America’s post-9/11 war against Taliban in 2001, they embarked on a bloodbath of non-Muslims in Kano, northern Nigeria.

    But their Arab masters are above reproach even as they perpetrate atrocities against we Black Africans.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Bamaguje, I find your remarks to be fascinating, and chilling. I appreciate your taking the chances that you are to post on this website. Hopefully, you're not using your real name, considering where you live. The Muslims watch the internet, too, and look for hints that will lead them to people who are vulnerable.

      Take care.

  • steve

    They are fighting for there god(allah) but our God is fighting for us. God will continue to protect us amen

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  • Mr Mark

    Nigeria need person like me, well we are coming we will Rule this country one day, and then all things will stop.

    And any way they want me to the the country i will do, many people must die for others to live my dear,.

    I will need changes in this country. and i will come one day, i believe me am there i will make change.

  • xman

    Why are Nigerian Muslims, other African Muslims and ALL Black Muslims everywhere not fighting to STOP the barbarism and slavery perpetrated against Black Muslims in Mauritania and Sudan by Arab Muslims? It is SHAMEFUL.

    Simple. Because those savages agree with it. And they've got that brainless belief that if they agree with it, it puts them on a level with their ghastly Saudi overlords, whilst forgetting that a black is an abd.