Like a cancer spreading over North Africa, conflicts with Boko Haram and ISIS in Nigeria, Niger, and Libya have reached a new level. Neighboring countries, Chad and Cameroon have entered into the battle against Boko Haram with fierce fighting taking place in Niger. They have attacked yet again and reports say that 109 Boko Haram have been killed, along with a Chadian soldier and a civilian. Along the border of Nigeria, Diffa and Bosso, urban communes in the extreme southeast of Niger have seen the latest clashes. Both have an influx of refugees from Nigerian’s fleeing the Boko Haram. Niger made headlines with the recent attacks on Christians killing at least 40, burning multiple churches and Bibles after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Taking out their aggression on the Christian population for an athiestic, secular newspaper running a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed. It was reported that Boko Haram had instigated those attacks and they promptly released a video threatening Nigeria and Niger, now they are attacking.
Niamey (AFP) – Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists. (Read More)
Recently Chad has sent troops to Nigeria, others are following suit.
Recent reports that the Nigerian army are either corrupt, incapable, or unwilling of stopping Boko Haram, have rocked the world. Even suggesting that both Goodluck Jonathon and Buhari have ties and are pulling the strings of Boko Haram. The implications are staggering considering that Boko Haram is entrenched with other Islamic militant groups like ISIS, Al-queda, Al-shabob, and others. It has been said of the ongoing fighting in Maiduguri that if Boko Haram takes over completely Nigeria will fall to Boko Haram and Sharia law. This is their goal. Others claim Buhari has this same goal. Quoting reports from Vangaurd and All Africa in December, Buhari was throwing his full fledged support into Sharia law for all of Nigeria:
“What remains for Moslems in Nigeria is for them to redouble the necessary education,” stressing that they should educate Moslems on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia in the country. There is nothing to be afraid of. It is a legal responsibility God has given us within the context of one Nigeria to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly… and to educate non-Moslems that they have nothing to fear…”
According to Yahoo news and Reuters, Buhari recently said: “It is a “disgrace” for Nigeria that its neighbors have been more successful in battle against its Boko Haram insurgency than its own army.”
What is a disgrace is that the world let this go on as long as it has. The slaughter and ethnic cleansing of Christians rivals the Darfur genocide. Thousands of Christians have been killed and over 1 million have been displaced.
This morning it was reported that Nigeria will postpone it’s elections for 6 weeks (March 28) to allow the new forces from neighboring countries to quell the violence and restore calm. (More) This has been fought vehemently by Buhari. AP is reporting: “Millions could be disenfranchised if the voting went ahead while the Islamic extremists hold a large swath of the northeast and commit mayhem that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes.” (Read More) And at the same time, a report that the US is urging elections to go ahead as scheduled. Reports also claim Buhari is expecting a landslide victory. When asked if Buhari would call for calm if he lost he said, “I’m not going to lose, so I won’t answer that question.” Can you see the chaos and confusion that surrounds Nigeria? With the West also in the mix, it’s very dire for Nigeria.
In the meantime, ISIS is advancing into Libya so fast that Counter terrorism experts say, “They pretty much own Libya…” So you begin to put together a clear picture of what and who is behind the darkness spreading on this Super Highway of terror and the death and destruction that follows this ideology. Who is pulling the strings, and what is behind it. What it’s not, is a tribal dispute, or anything else. It’s a form of religion mixing with politics and it’s implications are frightening. A new fear that if Sharia law is implemented full force in Nigeria, the outcome for Christians and other minorities will be devastating. All one needs to do is look to other countries that live by Sharia law (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Sudan). Tell persecuted Christians discriminated against in nations ruled by Sharia, they have nothing to fear. It becomes appallingly clear what a dismal future lays in wait for the innocents in Nigeria.
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst