Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How Muslims in Northern Nigeria Created their Frankenstein's Monster Boko Haram

How Muslims in Northern Nigeria Created their Frankenstein's Monster Boko Haram

Frankenstein is an all time classic gothic novel of British Author Mary Shelley and has been adapted for both theater and motion picture and also simplified for children’s literature and very popular among English speaking communities all over the world since the publication in 1818. And since Victor Frankenstein’s monster got out of control and turned against him, many of such similar tragic occurrences have become analogies of the creature.

Northern Nigeria is under the siege of the blood thirsty Islamic terrorist cult the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Arabic: جماعة اهل السنة للدعوة والجهاد‎ Jamāʻat Ahl as-Sunnah lid-daʻwa wal-Jihād) popularly known as Boko Haram founded by the late Mohammed Yusuf in 2002 and has attacked and killed over 13, 000 people so far. The cult is now led by Abubakar Shekau and linked to other jihadist groups outside Nigeria such as the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). But the Boko Haram is committing horrifying atrocities that even the dreaded Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen of Somalia and Al- Qaeda have not committed by massacring innocent school children, kidnapping and Molesting school girls and older women in the Sharia states of northern Nigeria and the state of emergency declared in those states has failed to stop the insurgents who recently killed over 100 people with a car bomb at the Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja early morning of Monday April 14, 2014 and then the following day kidnapped 200 pupils at a Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a border town between Borno and Adamawa States and the Joint Task Force (JTF) of the Nigerian Armed Forces allowed them to escape without stopping them with military helicopters or planes.

These horrifying and terrifying atrocities have left millions of Nigerians petrified and wondering how Nigeria degenerated to this hellish state. But most of us forget that Muslims in northern Nigeria created their Frankenstein's monster Boko Haram over the years whilst the Nigerian government was watching and did nothing to stop it.

Have we forgotten how many innocent Igbos and non-Muslims who were attacked and murdered by Muslims in different incidents at many parts of northern Nigeria and these murderers were never prosecuted and in fact, many of them were later sponsored on pilgrimages to Mecca for their Hajj by the Nigerian government with public funds from our oil money.

Have we forgotten the Igbo man who was mobbed and beheaded by Muslims, because they alleged that his wife insulted their prophet by using pages from a discarded Koran to wipe the anus of their child? They paraded the severed head on their streets whilst their Imams, Emirs and Sultans nodded in approval and the murderers were never arrested or prosecuted.
What of the innocent female Christian school teacher who was invigilating an examination at a secondary school in Gombe state when she was mobbed and lynched by Muslim secondary school pupils accusing her of desecrating the Koran , reported by the BBC News on Wednesday, 21 March 2007, 19:44 GMT.

The list of the heinous crimes committed by Muslims in northern Nigeria is too long to mention all the cases here. But lest we forget, that on Wednesday, September 12, 2001, a day after the horrifying four coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Muslims in northern Nigeria took to the streets and celebrated their victory over the superpower USA; and many of them marched with posters of Osama bin Laden; a Muslim film crew made a movie “Ibro Usama”, in which Osama bin Laden was mimed by Rabilu Musa, a popular comedian and also stickers and posters of Osama bin Laden were displayed all over northern Nigeria, and 'Osama' became the most popular name for newborn sons.
See 9/11 in Nigeria: Translating Local into Global Conflicts by Johannes Harnischfeger

When all these abnormal and demonic religious rituals were going on, all the Muslims in Nigeria were still smiling, clinking glasses and sipping tea and wine, because the victims were non-Muslims until their Frankenstein's monster metamorphosed into Boko Haram and then turned against them. Now they are scampering from pillar to post and are at their wits end on how to escape from their worst fears as the nightmares are getting worse before their very eyes day by day. And I am afraid that the worst is yet to come.
Their Frankenstein's Monster Boko Haram is out of control.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, a prize winning Nigerian writer and author of In the House of Dogs, Bye, Bye Mugabe, Nollywood Mirror and other books.

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