Nigerian Terror Metastasizing


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In Nigeria, a radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram carried out a series of terrorist attacks killing more than 100 people in the states of Borno and Yobe on Friday. Yobe’s capital city of Damaturu bore the brunt of the damage when a car bomb exploded outside a military office and barracks, killing several security agents. The terrorist assault continued through the night when rampaging gunmen blew up a bank, and attacked at least three police stations, and five churches, leaving behind nothing but rubble, officials said. Gunmen also raided the nearby village of Potiskum, leaving at least two people dead there, according to witnesses. A Boko Haram spokesman calling himself Abul-Qaqa promised more of the same. “We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop their excesses on our members and vulnerable civilians,” he warned.

Boko Haram, which translates from the local Hausa language into “Western education is sacrilege” in English, wants to impose Sharia law over the entire oil-rich nation of 160 million people, despite the fact the country is evenly divided into a largely Muslim north and a largely Christian south. The sect completely rejects the notion of Western-inspired democracy, which they contend has corrupted government officials.

Government spokesman Reuben Abati, speaking on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, said that “every step will be taken” to arrest those responsible for the carnage. “The security agencies will tell you that what happens on this scale is even a fraction of what could have happened considering the scope of the threat,” Abati said. “The security agencies are busy at work trying to make sure the will of the majority of the Nigerian people is not subverted by a minority with a suicidal streak.”

Yet if the Associated Press is correct, reality is far more complicated. Boko Haram has reportedly split itself into three separate factions, all of which have different goals. One faction is ostensibly moderate and welcomes an end to all violence. A second faction wants a peace agreement similar to the one offered to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in 2009, which included a presidential pardon, a rehabilitation program, and education and training.

The third faction rejects any compromise. Its spiritual leader, imam Abubakar Shekau, heard  speaking in a scratchy recording obtained by the AP, insists that holy war is the only way to bring about change. “Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we kill for a reason,” Shekau says in the recording, characterized as a sermon. Underscoring this faction’s seriousness is the readiness to kill one of their own members. In September, a representative of one of the moderate factions of Boko Haram was executed for negotiating with former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo.

This attack, coupled with one in August on a United Nations compound in Abuja, which killed 24 and wounded 116, indicates the group’s continued potency, despite a 2009 crackdown. In July of that year, a riot and a military response left 700 people dead. Former Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed in police custody in Maiduguri, the sect’s spiritual home. Human Rights Watch called the killing “extrajudicial” and “illegal” at the time. Moreover, the subsequent crackdown following last August’s attack, which human rights activists contend has resulted in the deaths of innocents, may be fueling the insurgency.

Three other factors may be fueling it as well. One is the disappointment many northern Nigerians felt when the implementation of Sharia in northern states from 1999 to 2001 failed to eliminate corruption, fix the northern economy, or address feelings of political irrelevance. Second was the April election to the presidency of southern Christian Goodluck Jonathan, following the death of northern Muslim Umaru Yar’Adua. This ostensibly violated an unofficial power-sharing agreement by which the presidency rotates every two terms, between north and south. Thirdly, is the reality that Nigeria is a nation divided not only by religion, but by an economy characterized as a “prosperous, oil-rich south and its economically deprived, semi-arid north.”

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  • BS77

    Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan…..barbaric violence, terror, oppression, enslavement, brutality……..sickening. Westerners better wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Questions

    It's not as if this carnage couldn't have been predicted. Nigeria is black. And the northern part of the country is Muslim. Black + Islam = violence.

  • skai

    No matter where the muslims are they are nothing but problem. see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com Wake up America.

  • LindaRivera

    “Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill."

    For 1,400 years, from the beginning of Islam, Islam has been at war with the Holy One – Master of the Universe, and at war with G-D's Holy Laws:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

  • LindaRivera

    "Attacks with large bombs may indicate that Boko Haram is receiving training from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb."

    United together in JIHAD, US/NATO, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah triumph over Libya.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.
    (US Aid to Israel’s Enemies, Oct 13th, 2011, frontpagemag.com)

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months. Bombing Libya back to the stone age.

    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • LindaRivera

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya’s blacks.
    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed cruel Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda/Hezbollah rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda
    who MURDER our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    "Attacks with large bombs may indicate that Boko Haram is receiving training from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb."

    Before the war began, Libyans had Africa’s highest standard of living. David Blundy and Andrew Lycett’s book titled, “Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution.

    Libya’s Great Man-Made River (GMMR) was developing an ocean-sized aquifer beneath the desert for irrigation, human consumption, and other uses. At 2007 consumption rates, it could last 1,000 years. Gaddafi called his Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

    Under Gaddafi’s 1999 Decision No. 111, all Libyans got free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help couples when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more.

    Gaddafi used Libya’s oil money to take care of the Libyan people and also gave enormous financial help to other African nations. Now that US/NATO/France/UK waged ruthless war for several months and won the war for Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and other Muslim terrorists, the oil money will NOT be used to help Libyans and other African nations. The oil money will be used to wage global jihad.