Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Boko Haram Jihad and the Sharia States in Northern Nigeria

Islamic terrorism is not new in Nigeria since the period of the Fulani Jihad or Jihad of Usman dan Fodio (1804–1808) and the Sokoto Caliphate is the legacy of the first case of Islamic terrorism in Nigeria and became one of the largest states in Africa in the 1800s and inspired similar jihads in Western Africa according to historical documents.
The jihad resulted in a federal theocratic state in northern Nigeria and this is exactly the present mission of 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) called Boko Haram by Nigerians and others.

Whether you accept it or not, what we are calling Islamic terrorism is jihad to every member of Boko Haram and every supporter of Sharia as instituted in 9 Muslim-majority and in some parts of 3 Muslim-plurality states in Nigeria since 1999 is an unapologetic follower of Usman dan Fodio and their dream is the full restoration and expansion of their Islamic nation by peace or by force regardless of the Hausa Fulanis and other natives who are non-Muslims in these states. They are going to be forced to obey their Sharia Laws in total violation of Article 2 of the United Nations Charter on Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Therefore, Sharia itself is a violation that the secular Sovereign state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a member of the United Nations should not have allowed. In fact the institutionalization of Sharia is a total violation of Fundamental Rights of the citizens as stated in Chapter IV of the Federal Constitution.
The Boko Haram has been most active in these Sharia states and fighting for the complete Islamization of this region.

The Federal Government must follow the order of a secular state or it is no longer a federation as long as the following Sharia states continue to exist in Nigeria.

1.Zamfara State
2.Kano State
3.Sokoto State
4.Katsina State
5.Bauchi State
6.Borno State
7.Jigawa State
8.Kebbi State
9.Yobe State
10.Kaduna State
11.Niger State
12.Gombe State

If we want to remain as a true federation, the Federal Government of Nigeria must protect the constitutional rights of every citizen no matter the location of the citizen and we must stop the imposition of any religion on any citizen and stop the nonsense and stupidity of sponsoring Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem with state funds, because it is a total violation of the Federal Constitution of Nigeria. But if the Federal Government cannot guaranty the safety and security of every citizen, then it is useless and no longer worthy of being a sovereign secular state.
Moreover, the Federal Government must pay compensation for the loss of life and property of every citizen killed by Islamic terrorists and also pay for the damages and injuries suffered by others who survived the attacks of Islamic terrorists in Nigeria.

The Muslims and their Islamic terrorists who refuse to accept the rule of law and order of a secular state according to the Federal Constitution of Nigeria should be classified as enemies of the state and treated as rebels and expelled from Nigeria as a persona non grata.

The Federal Government cannot permit Sharia states and condemn Boko Haram, because the institution of these Sharia states is a rebellion against the Sovereign nation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 ~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, In the House of Dogs and other books.

 Bestselling Books By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.


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