By now, much of the world has heard about Boko Haram and the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria; and many voices are clamouring for the girls to be rescued. Good luck with that but those girls were not kidnapped for ransom, they were kidnapped to be raped… repeatedly.
Boko Haram is much more than another of the tribal insurgencies that pester Africa. They are Sunni Muslims who subscribe to the Salafist doctrines that inspire the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda. Their aim is to subject all of the Hausa and Fulani peoples of Nigeria to Sharia law and go on from there to build the Caliphate of the Umma. They have very real links to the Brotherhood and to African franchises of al-Qaeda.
Few people outside of Nigeria paid much attention to Boko Haram much before 2012, when they were attacking Animists (Nigerians who practice old traditional pagan ways), Sufi Muslims and – most particularly – Christians. One had to wonder how many more churches had to be incinerated with their congregations sealed inside before the rest of the world really started to pay attention to Boko Haram.
The BBC eventually noticed the eccentricities of Boko Haram’s founder when Muhammad Yusuf declared that it was “un-Islamic” to teach that the world was round, or to teach evolutionary theory or basic meteorology. The World Health Organization protested the results of Yusuf’s notion that polio vaccinations were also “un-Islamic” – an opinion shared by many Imans in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In any event the global campaign to eradicate polio has come to a halt and reservoirs for the disease remain intact now in Nigeria and Central Asia.
Various security professionals noticed that Boko Haram slowly moved beyond attacks with knives and even poisoned arrows in its early days to pick up new tricks. There are many Nigerian police officers who flinch now at the approach of a motorbike with two men – that old al-Qaeda ‘shoot-and-scoot’ technique got a good work-out in Nigeria. In any event, thanks to Boko Haram’s external contacts, they now use suicide bombers, truck-bombs, and have heavily armed guerilla cadres.
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