Monday, April 15, 2013

Civil War Looms in Nigeria As MEND Declares War on Boko Haram

The dreaded Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has declared total war on the suicidal Islamist Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lid’ Awati) popularly known as the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.

 “On behalf of the hapless Christian population in Nigeria, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta will from Friday, May 31, 2013, embark on a crusade to save Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation,” declared Gbomo Ojomo, the spokesman of MEND according to The Punch newspaper on Monday April 15, 2013. The MEND crusade codenamed “Operation Barbarossa” will launch bombings of mosques, hajj camps, and Islamic institutions, large congregations of Islamic events and assassinations of Islamic clerics who have been propagating doctrines of hate in Nigeria.

The Boko Haram terrorists have attacked and killed thousands of Christians and others in the predominantly Muslim states of northern Nigeria and also claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings of Louis Edet House in Abuja, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force on June 16, 2011, the UN building in Abuja on Friday August 26, 2011, killing 21 people and injuring 60 others and also the Nigerian Army headquarters in Kaduna on February 8, 2012.

The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to stop the incessant attacks on innocent Christians and animists in northern Nigeria and the Middle Belt where over 10, 000 people have been killed with properties worth billions of naira destroyed by Islamic insurgents and rampaging Muslim herdsmen in Jos and environs since 2001. Boko Haram rejected President Jonathan’s offer of amnesty and even intensified attacks on innocent people and only last Saturday Boko Haram gunmen attacked and slaughtered many students of Monguno Secondary School by slitting their throats, after laying an ambush for them as they returned home from centres where they wrote the on going West African Examination Council (WAEC) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE). Monguno is 135 kilometres North of Maiduguri, the headquarters of the Boko Haram.

The Daily Post reported this Monday that a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN, warned that the collapse of the amnesty plans for the Boko Haram sect may result into another civil war.. The last Nigerian civil war from 1967 -1971 was between the Igbos rebel republic of Biafra and the Federal Republic of Nigeria after the massacre of over 30, 000 Igbos in the northern region as the Hausa and Fulani Muslims attacked Igbos in revenge for the assassination of two major northern political leaders, the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello in the bloody military coup d'état spearheaded by Major Kaduna Nzeogwu on 15 January 1966.

 ~ By Orikinla Osianchi, author of In the House of Dogs, Diary of the Memory Keeper, Scarlet Tears of London, The Prophet Lied and other books.  

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