Sunday, 24 August 2014

Boko Haram declares Caliphate North Eastern Nigeria

From Sahara TV the brainchild of independent media enterprise Sahara Reporters reporting from Nigeria and across Africa. 

VIDEO: Boko Haram Declares A New Caliphate In NorthEastern Nigeria

Boko Haram has taken its inspiration from the recent gains made by ISIS in Iraq and Syria as well as the publicity ISIS has used to gain visibly to declare a caliphate in Northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram leader Abubakr Shekau can be seen in the video speaking in Arabic which seems to be one of his many languages of communication to avoid his communiques being lost in translation. He is attempting to reach out to Arabic speaking Takfiri militants and terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda. Shekau praises the success of Boko Haram's recent attacks against the town of Gwoza in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria where Shekau has declared as the capital of the self proclaimed caliphate. Shekau and his soldiers have turned most of Northern Nigeria into a nightmarish hell through suicide bombings carried out by both men and women. Innoncent school children and families have been kidnapped, shot, tortured and massacred. The heavy handed tactic of Nigerian Army in capturing and detaining Boko Haram militants and terrorists have not halted the terror attacks against Nigerian Christians and Muslims. Takfiri/wahabbi extremism as manifested through ISIS and Nusra Front did not historically existed in Nigeria until Boko Haram's arrival in Northeastern Nigeria in the mid 2000s. 

Clashes between North and South Nigeria have revolved around socioeconomic development, a shaky federalism that rotates between favoring some of Nigeria's 36 states when natural resources and access to infrastructure development comes into play, President Goodluck Jonathan's mounting bad luck and the haunting legacy of 1967 Biafrian war and civil war that pushed Nigeria's roller coaster grievances in the lime light. The grievances aid Boko Haram's appeal to the frustration of Nigerians who are not political or religious living in the North and even in other regions of the country who are exhausted by being pushed aside by the government's corruption and non chalant attitude to fighting threats large and small. This is same frustration in occupied Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya and Egypt. The list can go on. Occupy Nigeria and the recent Bring Back Our Girls campaign brought Nigeria's long standing frustrations to the world's attention than lost momentum. At least in the world's eye. Beside the oil wealth, Nigeria is still divided by the neoliberal economy and policies of the government and the world banks. Social class is sharply contrasted and inequality remains high similar to Latin America's class divides. Africa's largest country in terms of population, half of Nigeria does not benefit from the oil revenue that has been flowing into the Nigeria economy for 50+years. The oil money is chopped by politicians, financiers and multinationals. The people resist and are pushed off their lands for a resource. Than groups like Boko Haram come along to tell the people they can fight the government on behalf of Nigerians even many who disagree with Boko's methods of terrorism and violence. The ends never justify the means they say. Boko Haram and ISIS are attempting to prove their respective audience wrong. That is a dangerous example for future takfiris and terror groups come up in Pandora's box in Mesopotamia and Nigeria.
Religion motives and soothes struggling people to know that God or Allah or whichever deity is on their side. 

PS: But religion isn't the only push for many fed up Nigerians to join Boko Haram or Western Muslims to join ISIS. The world economy's massive gap between the wealthy and everyone else feeds on people's anger. Thrown in racism, discrimination or an uncaring and useless justice system in many countries to understand why people from Nigeria to Ferguson to Iraq have fought against national security machines and policies put in place since the war on terror.


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