The Rise of Boko Haram

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The islamist jihadist terrorist group, Boko Haram, based in northern Nigeria, is said to have killed over 1,200 Christian and Muslim civilians throughout Nigeria, since their July 2009 attack that killed over 1,000 people. Yesterday it was reported that 35 people have been killed in a clash between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram. This is also linked to a series of attacks in nearby areas. Boko Haram is said to be stronger since linking with Al-Quaeda members, learning various techniques in bombing attacks. In addition, there ties with Al-Quaeda has open them up to more funding. More funding means more weaponry, more weaponry means more attacks. Their leader, Abubakar Shekau, who served as deputy leader to the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf,  is known as the most wanted Islamist in Africa. BBC News recently did an profile on the mysterious leader, Click here to read it. Abubakar Shekau is also said to be their spiritual leader, delivering video messages to his followers, like Osama Bin Laden. Boko Haram members are known for targeting schools and churches. From the multiple bombings on Christmas Day 2011 to the Easter Church attacks in 2012, Boko Haram wants to impose Sharia law in Nigeria’s north. Many Muslims around the world have various views on what Sharia laws actually entails. Sharia is an Arabic word that literally means a path to be followed. Sharia covers aspects of daily life from politics to economics. Many mainstream Muslims in Nigeria criticized and condemn Boko Haram and have urged them to disarm. Reports say that even local vigilante groups have sprung up to aid the Nigerian Army against these attacks. The International Criminal Court ( ICC) has indicted Boko Haram for crimes against humanity. The ICC is an independent organization seated at The Hague, in the Netherlands. Other organizations like Secretary Ban Ki-Moon of the UN and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), have also spoken up against the Boko Haram attacks.

The fight pushes on. Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared a state of emergency for many northern states of Nigeria. Nigeria is also said to be withdrawing troops from Mali for more military support. The United States has posted a bounty of $7million on Abubakar Shekau and the reward will go to anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest.  Many nations have combined their efforts to stop this growing terrorist group. Hopefully, the Boko Haram’s days of terror will soon come to an end.

May their fall come as quick as their rise.

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