Nigeria’s Coming Civil War

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The Islamist terror group Boko Haram’s escalating war against Christians and a violent nationwide protest against the end to government fuel subsidies have brought Nigeria to the edge of civil war.

Boko Harem began its current escalation with the Christmas Day suicide bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Niger state, an attack which killed over 50 people.

The bombing of St. Theresa induced Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on December 31 to place the Muslim-dominant northern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe, Niger and Plateau — areas that have been witness to most of Boko Haram’s attacks — under emergency rule.

For its part, Boko Harem responded to the emergency declaration by issuing a 3-day ultimatum to southern Christians living in the north of Nigeria to leave. When the ultimatum’s deadline expired, Boko Harem members subsequently killed over 60 Christians in gun and bomb attacks.

In the process, a Boko Haram spokesman let it be known that the Islamist group’s deadly reach wasn’t confined to a specific geographic region, saying, “We can really go to wherever we want to go.”

To prove that point, most of the killings took place in locations not placed under emergency rule, murders which included more than 30 Christians gunned down at two church services in Adamawa state and six people killed during a church service in Gombe state.

At the same time it was engaged in its Christian killing spree, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the assassination of Modu Bintube, a member of parliament from Borno state; opened fire on customers at a local beer hall in Yobe state, killing eight civilians and four policemen; detonated bombs at a police station in Gombe state; and attacked a police headquarters and robbed and burnt two banks in Yobe state.

Nevertheless, Nigerian General Onyeabor Ihejirika claimed that Nigerian security forces and counter-terrorism units had brought the security situation in the north “under control.”

Of course, Christians may be skeptical about the Nigerian government’s ability to protect them from the Islamist killers, given that in 2011 alone Boko Haram murdered over 500 people, most of whom were Nigerian Christians, including over 130 who were killed in one attack in November 2011 in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu.

Moreover, Boko Haram doesn’t seem to be losing its appetite for waging jihad. That fervor was on display recently when Boko Haram leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau, declared in his first ever televised appearance that Boko Haram was “at war with Christians” and that its fighters “will continue to kill and are ready and willing to be killed themselves as martyrs.”

So, given all that, it wasn’t too surprising then to hear Nigeria’s Christian leadership no longer willing to turn the other cheek to Boko Haram’s genocidal activities. That resolve was issued by Ayo Oritsejafor, head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who called the killing of Christians by Boko Harem “systematic ethnic and religious cleansing.”

As such, Oritsejafor urged his followers to “do whatever it takes” to defend themselves against “these senseless killings,” adding, “We have the legitimate right to defend ourselves.”

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  • Seun

    Its obvious that islamist group, Boko-haram are dull hearted, because they did not follow holy Quran, say thou shall not kill. Islam know to be religion of peace, but now religion of violent. They have no mercy there fellow labour. Muslims have hard heart. May God save christians.

    • sona

      when this civil war will end … pls reply if ne 1 hav any idea
      ….pls pls

  • oni

    May God save everyone in this struggle. All human life is valuable. I pray that g-d will help everyone. Let the mislead find a path to preserving life, and that goes for those in the North, the South and in the government.

    • crypticguise

      You sound like an apologist for IslamoFascist murderers. Islam is an intolerant political system replete with a touch of religion.. These bas**rds have got to be killed and driven into the dark recesses of hell.

      Then there will be Peace on Earth

      • Joe q Public

        This article clearly proves the fact that religion and money are the base of all of our problems today. Muslims hate Christians and Jews, Jews and Christians hate Muslims. Its a stupid circle that apparently no one understands because if anyone did they would stop worshipping things that do not matter! what about the thousands of people dying of hunger? because of these extremists thats just pushed to the background. Everyone ignores real problems because of religion! And religions dont help anyone! You want to feel better go take some extasy or smoke some pot you don't need to turn to something that may or may not be real. But i guess the world is just as dumb as it was 1000 years ago…

        • FriendofGaryCooper

          Excuse me…its NOT a circle. Jews and Christians don't hate Muslims.
          Are you reading about terrorist attacks carried out by Jews or Christians against Muslims? Not on this planet.. Its very much a one way street, in that
          regard–Muslims attacking Jews, Christians, and anyone else that is an
          unbeliever. Its been shown that there are 8 times as many hate crimes against Jews in the United States, as there are against Muslims. And I'll venture to say there are more hate crimes committed against Christians than against Muslims. Start thinking, man.

  • Sevi Von

    Sorry Seun. Your understanding of Islam is wrong. It is evil.

    Oni, nice sentiment. But to change the Muslims, to give them hearts and minds, may not be His will.

    • Amused

      Oh Wait ! …
      it's his will " ????????????

      I think it more a matter of their FREE WILL , that they have chosen to kill that which they hate .
      No hearts and minds ? That makes them heartless savages and barbarians – dangerous to human life .
      Boko Haram , needs to be stamped out and killed …every last one of them .

  • Lekan Idowu

    Am bold to say that these sects are not Nigerians,but foreigners paid to cause disaffectionate amongst Christians and Muslims.There is more to it than meet the eye.

    • Bamaguje


    • crypticguise

      Nonsense, Muslims in the north of NIgeria have been murdering innocent Christians for years. They are scum. Muslims who kill their Christian and non Muslim neighbors need to be dealt with harshly.

  • sedoanman

    So much for multiculturalism. "There are countries where hyping race and ethnicity has led to slaughters in the streets, but you cannot name a country where it has led to greater harmony.” – Thomas Sowell

  • BS77

    Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan etc etc etc. Connect the dots….and see the obvious common denominator.

  • LindaRivera

    To prevent their mass murder and atrocities, all of Nigeria's (and Kenya's) Christians MUST be provided with guns and bullets to defend themselves against the barbaric Muslim terrorists. Why should Christian innocents be defenseless prey for inhuman monsters?

    It is a great tragedy for a nation when the enemy is not only within the gates, but is also in the government:

    Article: "Jonathan publicly acknowledged that the severity of the Boko Haram threat was compounded by the fact the terror group had found a supportive following among Nigerian government and security officials."

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      Right you are.. And I don't see the U.S. offering to conduct air strikes against Boko Haram.

  • AntiSharia

    I'm sure if civil war breaks out our current administration will back the Muslims.

    • Amused

      I'm sure no matter what happens , you will be talking out your asssshole , just like the apologetic muslim LIARS that have posted on this thread .

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Islamist terror group Boko Haram’s escalating war against Christians and a violent nationwide protest against the end to government fuel subsidies have brought Nigeria to the edge of civil war.

    The notion that Boko Haram is an Islamist terror group as opposed to a violent jihadist group consisting of MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS is utterly absurd. It also indicates that the writer of this article doesn't have the first clue about what he is writing about.

    Isn't that the usual routine, to ascribe it to being terrorism perpetrated by that tiny minority of violent extremists that are trying to hijack the so-called Religion of Peace™? In this case, the MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAMIC group Boko Haram?

    Indeed, the notion that there exists Islamist Muslims, radical Muslims, and extremist Muslims, like the notion that there is exists moderate Islam, radical Islam, and extremist Islam is a false PC multicultural myth. There is only MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS and MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM. Anything else is a product of this writer's PC multicultural tainted over active imagination.

    What is happening in Nigeria is the advanced stages of demographic conquest and it is exactly what will be happening in Europe in the not too distant future and also in the USA as well if we don't make a course correction before it's too late.

    Indeed, once the population of Muslims reaches critical mass in any given society, the Muslim jihadists (invaders/fifth columnists) will begin employing more and more violent jihad as the percentage of the Muslims relative to non-Muslims continues to rise in order to hasten up the process of stealth demographic conquest by driving out the non-Muslim unbelievers. There goal is to eventually impose Sharia and at the same time to render the Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers into harsh and degrading dhimmitude.

    Then clueless writers like this one will ascribe it to the actions of that tiny minority of violent extremists (or radicals or Islamists or whatever happens to be political correct and in vogue at that particular time) that are trying to hijack the peaceful religion of Islam, and, of course, the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims, that are really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, will be let off the hook and given a free pass again as always.

    By the way, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, primarily via mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, represents astronomically by far the greatest threat emanating from the Islamic world today. However, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, jihad, which can be both violent and non-violent, gets conflated with terrorism, which as its name implies can only be violent.

    Thus, this error resulting from PC multiculturalism enables what is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, to occur today throughout the West totally under the radar and completely unacknowledged and unopposed, because if it isn't violent, then it isn't construed as being terrorism, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, then it is allowed to manifest totally unopposed as its doing throughout West today.

    Not only that but with the exception of a few mega rogue violent jihad attacks, such as 9/11 and the Madrid Train Bombings, most violent jihad attacks are coordinated as part of the process of demographic conquest to hasten up the process by forcing non-Muslim unbelievers to flee. As a matter of fact, the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists that view mega rogue violent jihad attacks, such as 9/11 and the Madrid Train Bombings, as being exceedingly counterproductive and harmful, because it invites wars against Muslims and unwanted scrutiny, focus, and attention on Islam.

    Thus, while most of the West is transfixed primarily only on preventing violent jihad attacks, which it conflates as being terrorism according to the dictates of PC multiculturalism, the truth is the greatest threat emanating from Islam by far comes from non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, primarily mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest.

    Hence, the West needs to wake up before its too late and stop conflating jihad and terrorism together as being the same thing because jihad and terrorism are really two separate and mutually exclusive manifestations and in fact two entirely different and very distinct things altogether.

    • PhillipGaley

      I have before responded to this non-substantive line of reasoning. Even as the aged and children are linked by the process of age and culture, in the assemblies of most every mosque, you can find Moslems who are sympathetic to the ones who know how to combine chemicals into bombs. If you were killed in a car bomb, you wouldn't care whether it was perpetrated by a jihadist or a terrorist; and in this way, I think that, the coming conflagration between Occidental and Oriental will come and go, having and leaving no visible sign of dependence upon, or relevance to any jihadism vis-a-vis terrorism discussions, . . .

  • PhillipGaley

    And yes, "The government doesn’t have a choice because the fiscal cost associated with the subsidy is unsustainable."—why should the lowly Nigerians have and use the fuel which is a part of their country-wide national heritage? Oil is a natural resource, basically free, which can be sold abroad, thus, bringing in new-found wealth to buy food and clothing and cars and recreation and health-care and retirement and so on, for the families of the nation's burgeoning public sector—in a word, "The government doesn't have a choice because, . . . well, just because, . . . they are the government, . . . and they have to eat and wear cloths and drive cars and enjoy some recreation and have proper health-care and a decent retirement, some getting three or four governmental retirement checks, and so on and on, . . .

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Poverty is widespead to a level unknown here, not understood nor appreciated for
    the suffering boiling within it. That the poor are beaten, abused and slaughtered
    by Islamist murderers and it hardly raises and eyebrow in Washington and other
    World Capitols tells us that we could be next, leadersinp is everything when under
    attack. The murdering rats should be done away with and their graves should be
    filled in with the World leadership that has done nothing but abandoned all moral

  • Amused

    Put away all the exterraneous B.S. , the situation in Nigeria is part ad parcel , caused by the cult of islam , just taken to it's next inevitable level . The murder of christians , jews , indeed eventually all non-muslims , is approved , even called for in the dogma of islam . So it is and has been since the birth and evolution of this band of thieves and murderers. This is what the world has to look forward to should this perverted aberration of mankind gain more power .
    WHERE IS THE MORAL OUTCRY from the so-called "religion of peace " ???
    You'll hear NONE from this death cult . A slow-motin meticulous WAR has already begun .

  • Amused

    To claim this is caused by money and politics as the muslim liars on this blog and throiughout the world would have people belive , is nothing more than the cult-approved practice of lieing, called TAQIYYA .
    Nigeria will fall , for it's own leader has stated that Boko Haram has infiltrated all levels of gove rnment and the miltary . It is up to the surrounding African countries , NOT the west to take action , lest they be the next victims .
    The West in general , indeed , the whole civilised world will eventially face the deviants of the cult of islam in the very near future ."Poverty " is no excuse or cause, as human slaughter is no effect of it , for I have been to India several times , where the poverty surpasses the imagination …yet no death cults .

  • Alo

    D islam is fast reaching d nucleus of ds country but wil fail.An inbuilt control mechanism is estabished alread to get down al d boko harem members.Members quite or u continue nd emd in d physic realm never to come back……..Ekene

  • Godson nwamuo

    Nigeria is in state of emergency that need igbos to leave northers states before this inhumane being kill us. North is happy today about boko hiram tomorrow igbo s will go and boko hiram will start killing the so called northers or Muslim .pls Arewe elders talk to you boko hiram .enough is a enough.

  • sona

    when this civil war will end … pls reply if ne 1 hav any idea
    ….pls pls

  • sona

    in Nigeria , when this civil war will end … pls reply if ne 1 hav any idea
    ….pls pls

  • guest

    Yea, Islam is PISS alright !

  • guest

    Islam is not about peace, dude. Where did you get that from? I guess you are refering to the verse that states " one who killed a person is like one who killed the whole world". This verse is talking about MUSLIMS only and not infidels. Moreover, all the peaceful verses of your unholy book are abrogated by the last marching order given to your false prophet- namely Sura Al Tawuaba ( chaper 9) .