Nigeria’s Islamic Import

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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A day after announcing its official partnership with al-Qaeda, the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram launched Nigeria’s first suicide bombing. Sadly, the Nigerian importation of Islam’s favorite weapon of choice signals a serious escalation in an already brutal sectarian war.

According to Nigerian police, the suicide bomber in the capital city of Abuja drove a car loaded with explosives into Nigeria’s national police headquarters, killing himself and a Nigerian policeman. Boko Haram — often referred to as the Nigerian Taliban – took credit for the bombing.

Since 2009 Boko Haram has been engaged in an escalating and deadly battle with the Nigerian government in an effort to create a Sharia-ruled Islamist state in northern Nigeria. That fight encapsulates the growing rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Nigeria, one that has pitted the country’s predominantly Muslim North against its Christian South.

Yet, days before the suicide attack, Boko Haram had issued a statement setting conditions for a ceasefire with Nigeria’s government. However, those proposed talks with the Nigerian government immediately “collapsed” according to Boko Haram when Nigeria’s Inspector General, Hafiz Ringim, the next day declared the terror groups days to be “numbered.”

In response, Boko Haram issued another statement to not only threaten “fiercer” attacks but to also announce its new partnership with al-Shabab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked terror group: “Very soon, we will wage jihad…We want to make it known that our jihadists have arrived in Nigeria from Somalia where they received real training on warfare from our brethren who made that country ungovernable…”

That training was placed on horrid display the next day when Boko Haram launched its inaugural Somalia-trained suicide bomber. While that tragic event signaled Boko Haram’s increased determination to impose its deadly agenda, it also signaled al-Shabab’s capability to export terror tactics far beyond its own borders.

That fact is very unfortunate news for Nigerians as al-Shabab’s terror tactics –which focus on terrorizing civilians through executions, amputations and rape — are decidedly brutal, even by al Qaeda standards.

In fact, in the last several weeks, al-Shabab forces have cut off the arms of three teenagers accused of stealing; cut off the tongue of a young man accused of “mixed-gender handshakes”; and executed two teenagers for alleged spying.

Equally disturbing, given its new Somalia terror link and change in tactics, fears have been raised that Boko Haram has also joined with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). While neither Boko Haram nor AQIM have announced a strategic partnership, both terror groups have been on friendly terms for some time.

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  • Somali

    Get your facts straight you idiot…Stop lying about the Somali Islamic State led by Al-shabab. Al-shabab do not rape nor do they cut off tongues. Al-shabab follows the Qur’aan…and Islamic Law and all the Somali people are happy with Al-shabab and support them that is why they control most of Somalia. And so what if Boko Haram are partners with Al-shabab or Alqeada…..All Muslims are brothers and the same…and have one goal.

  • StephenD

    I think the President may have messed up on this one! On October 27, 2010, Obama granted a wavier to 4 countries to continue to receive aid from our tax dollars even while they use Child Soldiers. Yemen, Chad, Congo and Sudan were included. I think he forgot about Nigeria! Doesn't he want to support these Islamists too?  Can you imagine? What possible justification could there be for such waivers? Unless you are attempting to support the Islamists (who would have no compunction in using children as soldiers), this makes no sense! There must be a loophole somewhere that he can find to get our money into their hands.

    • GUY DAVID

      Nigeria's Muslims do not represent anyone but the muslims there ,Fulani ,Hausa ,and their subgroups in Northern Nigeria ,the muzzies there have always been only trouble for Nigeria ,to the South are christians ,"animists" the ethnic groups of YORUBA,I-JO ,EFIQ IgBO ,are not muslims in any way ,and they are the majority of the country. IgBO have a claim to being descended from tribes of TSRAEL ,and are very supportive of ISRAEL. The IgBO suffered their own holocaust in the 1970s ,when millions were murdered in the BIAFRAN Struggle.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Nigeria is a laboratory…a country evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. It is certainly a glimpse at Europe's future…and it obviously doesn't bode well.

  • LindaRivera

    Every Nigerian Christian should be provided with weapons of defense.

  • Fred Dawes

    LindaRivera is totally right we all know what the muslim do to others

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 70 million Muslims, says Boko Haram represents a small minority of extremists but doesn’t represent the majority of peaceful Muslims:

    Classic taqiyya.

    As Sambo said, “Islam is a religion of peace and abhors violence.”

    More classic taqiyya. Read the Sira. Read the sword verses that abrogate all verses of the Koran that conflict with them.

    It’s only a matter of time before Sharia becomes imposed on all of Nigeria’s citizens, Muslims, Christians, and animists alike, and when that inevitably happens, the Christian and animist non-Muslim unbelievers living in Nigeria will become violently oppressed and systematically persecuted dhimmis, just like all other Christians and other unbelievers are today living in every Muslim majority country in the world.

    Obviously, the writer of this article is obsessed with only violent jihad, which he ignorantly mislabels as being terrorism, and at the same time he is also totally oblivious to the stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad, which in fact set the stage for the violent jihadists to do their thing in Nigeria.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Nigeria seems like a good place for our special forces to get real time
    training with their weapons and as a side bonus rid the world of these
    viscious animals………………………………………………………………….William