Beyond Boko Haram


It has been a while since I posted anything here, I have been quite busy, life as a Nigerian youth is no walk in the park I tell you. Now that I am back, I have decided to share my thoughts and lend a voice to the thousands of voices of angry Nigerians within Nigeria and in diaspora, on the growing spate of violence in the country as perpetuated by the sect called the Boko Haram.

First of, I would like to announce that I do not believe in the facade that is the idea of ‘Boko Haram’. In my opinion, the so called ideologies of the sect are merely a smokescreen, a sort of diversion of the rational thinking mind to be subjected to thoughts of a problem where it is not.
According to all I have read thus far, Boko Haram in itself is supposedly a sect that abhors westernization of any form. According to their make-believe ideology, education, as well as certain religious denominations and all the trappings of western life are ‘Haram’, meaning forbidden, and therefore are not acceptable in their immediate communities. The idea that has been put out there is that the sect is guided by Islamic principles, and as such, the common Nigerian describes Boko Haram as a purely Muslim sect set to destroy adherents of every other religious denominations. In the early period of the rise of Boko Haram, predominantly, Churches and houses of worship in different parts of the north were attacked. In almost all the attacks, several lives were lost, property was either vandalized or completely destroyed, while some people were kidnapped. At a point, the use of suicide bombers became the norm in the sect, with people losing their lives in the outcome of such targeted attacks. That Boko Haram was clear in its objective; all who were seen as infidels were targeted, there was a pattern, I understood it.

In recent weeks Nigeria has been confronted with the brazen attack and sacking of communities with supposedly heavy military presence. This time, the Boko Haram, as we would like to believe, are supposedly still launching attacks against western civilization and all its adherents, yes, and they are doing so with advanced artillery, grenade launchers and proppellers, armored tanks and all other advanced weapons of warfare. For a sect that abhors everything ‘western’, i’d say they are really ‘packing’. According to today’s headline on the Punch Newspaper, even the soldiers assigned to the sacked town fled at the sight of the big guns of the Boko Haram.

The attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Borno State is still fresh in our minds. Children were slaughtered like rams at the slaughter house, some were shot, and those who lived to tell the tale had interesting stories to share. What drew my attention was the account of one of the survivors who claimed the insurgents had attacked the school wearing Military Uniforms. These people attacked unarmed civilians in the dead of the night wearing military paraphenalia, I thought these things were accounted for, and now I am wondering, who is looking into that matter? Why would there be an attack on a school owned by the Federal Government, and there was no single attempt by soldiers to come to their aid? Why would the Military be conveniently absent when attacks and raids are taking place? Is the Nigerian army expecting civilians to take up arms and defend the country they swore oaths to defend? Why does the so called Boko Haram have more weapons than the Nigerian army?

I have questions, yes, and like most Nigerians out there, I have probable answers. Here is what I think:

1. Boko Haram is no longer functioning, the press has succeeded on letting that moniker stick, these insurgents are a different sect entirely.
2. The insurgents are definitely sponsored by powers beyond the imagination of the average Nigerian. Their fire power os way beyond the armory of the Nigerian army, someone somewhere has benefits to accrue from the chaos in Nigeria.
3. There is nothing ‘Islamic’ about the sect. Islam preaches peace, I sincerely do not buy the idea that the attacks were religiously motivated.
4. This has the M.O of an ethnic cleansing. Someone somewhere is systematically overseeing the destruction of the people of most parts of the north. I can’t fathom why anyone would want to do that, but these killings are really not as random as we might think they are.
5. I have thought it is possible that these killers have international support. With the little idea I have about world politics over the years, I do not put it past certain countries in the west to be involved in these killings. However, since I have no factual proof, I can’t say more of what I really think.
6. Nigerian politicians, at least our President and his detractors, know exactly what is going on. I believe strongly that they do. In fact, I believe the Military has also been compromised greatly. These killings are a calculated attempt to distract the Federal Government from making any meaningful impact in the life of Nigerians. Remember when someone vowed to make Nigeria ungovernable back when? Tsk Tsk
7. The supposed future leaders of Nigeria have joined in the banquet of evil leaders. These mere children continue to let themselves be drawn like puppets on strings to be used in the power play between political parties to undermine eachother. Twitter (Nigerian Twitter) is infested with a lot of these esaus’, selling their birthright for the scraps from the table of elders.

Nigeria is on the road to perdition, and I am very interested in the outcome of the 2015 general elections. Let us not forget that despite the feigned support from certain nations in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, a good number of western and African countries would be more than pleased to see Nigeria disintegrate. The sad part is, our leaders and their blind followers have refused to focus on having a united nation, instead, they have been occupied with how to be re-elected into power so as to have access to more public funds and loot our nation dry.
It just occured to me that if come 2015, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is not re-elected as President on signifying his interest to join the race, Nigeria could have a real problem on its hands. We all know the great danger MEND poses to the peace and economic stability of this country, and the fact that the average Nigerian thinks of his “brother” first is an assurance that we are indeed far from true peace and stability.

I can only hope things would get better, and Nigerians would not have to wake up to read heart-wrenching news every morning. God bless Nigeria.

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