Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nigeria Versus Boko Haram: Is This The Second Nigerian Civil War?

Boko Haram soldiers.

Nigeria is at war, whether you accept this reality or not.
The first Nigerian civil war was caused by military coups and secession of the Eastern region. The rest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against the united Igbo nation of Biafra. And lasted for three years. And it was a conventional war. But the current civil war is a different kind of war with an army of guerrillas of the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad) popularly known as Boko Haram sponsored by those opposed to the election and administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. And as foreign mercenaries were recruited to fight for Biafra, foreign mercenaries are also being recruited to fight for the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad) with the mission to institute an Islamic Republic governed by Sharia Laws in northern Nigeria if they fail to have their own Hausa Fulani or Kanuri Muslim leader as the next President of Nigeria.

The political momentum of Boko Haram started with the widespread violence following the presidential election of 16th April 2011 won by President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) whom the tribal and religious bigots in the predominantly Islamic north wanted to handover the government to another northern Muslim leader to complete the remaining tenure of the late President Umaru Yar'Adua in the rotation of political power between the Muslim north and Christian south in the lingering north-south dichotomy.
The fact is if President Goodluck Jonathan had not contested that presidential election, and simply allowed only northern Muslim leaders to contest and take over power, there would not have been violent protests by the Muslims in northern Nigeria and the insurgency of the Boko Haram would not have been ignited.

The aggrieved Muslim political leaders encouraged the Boko Haram with unpatriotic threats that motivated thousands of Islamic fundamentalists in the northern states to become willing recruits of the Boko Haram to make Nigeria ungovernable for the administration of President Jonathan. In fact, the immediate former National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur called the Boko Haram terrorists "freedom fighters" fighting for their rights. Such contradictory utterances and nonchalant position of prominent Muslim political leaders have exposed their neutrality or complicity in the escalations of the incessant attacks of the Boko Haram terrorists in the northern region and Middle Belt of Nigeria that is fast becoming like the Middle East with horrifying and terrifying bombings and raids claiming thousands of lives and destroying properties worth billions of naira.
How many northern Muslim leaders and Islamic clerics have you heard or seen condemning these horrific terrorist attacks?

Nigerian Army going to the war front.

Many northern Muslim soldiers have been found among the Boko Haram terrorists and over nine military generals are under investigation for suspicious unpatriotic activities. The Nigerian government and the United States have confirmed the complicity of several elements in the Nigerian Armed Forces. Therefore, there is no longer a united Nigerian Armed Forces to fight for the rest of the country against the rebellion of the Boko Haram forces of northern Nigeria.

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