Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Islamic terror in Nigeria * 78

Nigeria is a country in West Africa. It has two distinct parts; the north dominates by Muslims and the south which is predominantly Christian. But it is not a peaceful divide as a raging Islamic insurrection is consuming the country. One of the prominent Islamic terror groups is Boko Haram. As per latest reports this group is now allied with ISI and draws its inspiration from this terror group.

This group is carrying out terrorist activities against Christians and the Nigerian government seems powerless to stop it. One of their acts that happened a few months is kidnapping over 300 school girls. The government is in the dark as to the whereabouts of the girls who seem to have been swallowed in the bush. Reports indicate that the girls were either married by force to Boko haram fighters or sold into the flesh trade. The government is powerless to stop these terror groups who are heavily armed. I understand a lot of weapons from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi have filtered down to this group. Another sin of the USA in removing Gaddafi.

International concern is now manifest and French and US personnel are trying to locate the girls. This is however the tip of the problem as the main agenda is to control these Islamic terror groups. The only way it can be done is by an international effort to wipe out Boko Haram. Unfortunately the group enjoys wide Muslim support and that is the bane of the problem. This is the crust of the problem, the support of a majority of Muslims all over the world for such terror groups. Many Muslims have a fallacious belief that what these Muslim terrorists are doing is a “good thing”. In fact the majority of the Muslim community has not come out against these terror groups. One wonders why?

Looking all over the world there is familiar scenario of a Muslim terror group operating and meting out punishments like  mass beheadings, which are punishments from a bygone age. Yet they indulge in such activities. I am afraid some strong action is required and so far it is only Russia that has attacked the den of all these groups the ISI headquarters in Syria.  In the meantime I wonder what Nigeria can do ?