Random thoughts on Boko Haram

All this while Boko Haram has not stopped the killing rampage in the north. New people are being recruited daily as well as rising number of casualties.

Pictures of mutilated bodies are all over Nigeria Army social media, each time I see another person, be it Boko Haram, Nigeria Army or the civilians – it feels wrong, completely wrong that the ongoing insurgency has become almost normal.

There are cases of people joining Boko Haram because of monetary reward, only to discover the mission was to use them as suicide bombers. Those that escaped can tell the tale.

In the above case, there is no reference to religion as the incentive for killing fellow humans, it doesn’t matter who the point of reference was during prayers – these guys are willing to kill just about anyone as the cash reward is all that they were after.

Another example is the young woman who was captured in her northeast village over a year ago, she goes by Hauwa. She was among the three sucide bombers that killed 58 people on February 9th.

Hauwa is thought to be 17 or 18years old, she didn’t know her real age, despite this has married twice. She was asked to detonate bomb when she refused to marry the third husband at the BH camp.

It seems to me that the main reason Boko Haram were kidnapping girls was to have their own personal sex slaves and when they are done with one, exchange her amongst themselves with the expectations that the girl will always comply and if they sense any resentment, they send them on journey of no return – what a world we live in. And yet people can’t seem to see the damage child bride is doing to the psyche of these guys?

The guys are basically replicating the only thing they thought their girls are alive for.

On a more lighter note, $35M has been recovered from the corrupt public officials who diverted the money meant to fight Boko Haram into their personal accounts – more to be recovered.

I do hope that President Buhari will follow through with not just recovering the funds, but also to give appropriate punishment to all the perpetrators, otherwise how is anyone going to learn?



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  1. I sincerely hope so too!

    Here’s also an experience http://wp.me/p4vcHC-gj

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  2. My President, I’m sad as usual about this, but glad you are bringing this to light. When the money is diverted, how do we fight the terrorist/terrorism? When people (due to poverty) start offering themselves to be part of the group so they’ll be paid without having a concrete cause to join, how do we change their mind from accepting it? The core is rotten and fast eating towards the cover. Every evil and evil-doer will be exposed and brought to judgment hopefully.

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  3. Another insightful post Fola. You know it is amazing the kind of money would “chop” as we say in Nigeria. Owo eje…the person that steals money meant for fighting for the safety of everyone would eventually fall into the pit they have dug. So annoying! As for the girls it is such a shame that they are caught in between the blue sea and the devil. We pray and hope that Boko Haram will eventually become history in Nigeria.

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  4. This is very disturbing, you portray a generation in the north east of young girls who have lost any sense of self-worth, and young men who value nothing, not the lives of other human beings or their own lives. Everything is a commodity, people can ignore this, but sooner or later it will bite them too. You said this is the norm, meaning it has become entrenched. What happened to parental upbringing, what happened to the saying ‘treat others as you want to be treated’. It seams, people are losing the plot. The horror of the loss of lives is now routine, people only think of how to make money – regardless of the cost (yet they are as poor as can be). It sounds apocalyptic.
    I’m glad you raised this issue and how important it is, though by the look of things – effective measures are not being taken. The region seems to be sliding into a an abyss, not only people problems, but now environmental which are being made worse by clearing of what little vegetation there is.
    I was reading today, how Pakistan’s Taliban are challenging the state, by targeting religious minorities (ie the recent bomb blast in Lahore targeting women in children) – who the majority care little for. No doubt there will be people in Nigeria see and with to emulate this behaviour.
    We are in for some rough times ahead.

    Where is the hope coming from?

    Thank you FK, for raising this

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    • As for the girls and child bride, this has unsurprisingly divided Nigeria constitution so that Muslims are allowed to marry underage while Christians 18+ but this is not entirely true because childbride occurs in the south as well – the primitive way only go to show the need to suppress female around, each region choose their poison and runs with it.

      As for the the parenting – many people have lost it completely. For a group of people in many areas of the north, parenting equals reproduction and little more, this is why we have issue of Almajiris (child beggars) on the road. Kano alone is said to have 1.5 M of them as of 2009 and last year decided to ‘sanitise’ by giving 60K free ride to some to their home state.

      In this same north where we have most case of poverty stricken folks, only last week government discovered thousands of cost workers – where government officials pocket the money and lied to everyone about non-existing programs -he only had to bribe a few for a trip to Mecca.

      Well, I think no doubt people in Nigeria will emulate Lahore incidence as tech as made it all easy to see what is the new and easy way of carrying out their attacks.

      Why should this bother everyone? Because we are all paying for it now. We live at a different time that ideas from dark ages is no longer valid.

      Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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      • You paint a very bleak picture. It looks as if this is beyond Buhari and his administration. People fail to realise “all hands on deck” is what is needed.
        Solidarity is something like the giraffe in Nigeria, it is extinct. People are not showing solidarity with those that need it. I’ll give you an example Australians have something that they call ‘mateship’ – basically it means helping your neighbour out when they are in need. Because it is not couched in religious terms it can include everyone, and no one feels excluded. There was a really bad drought in Queensland followed by some severe storms that really flattened some communities. What did the Australian government do? They raised tax, stating that the extra money would be channeled towards rebuilding the affected communities. They was also a private fund set up also. The rest of Australia, didn’t look the other way and pretend it has nothing to do with them, they all joined together to help one of their number, contrast that to what Nigeria is doing.

        The question is will the north drag the hole nation down into an abyss? They are already affecting neighbouring states with their dysfunctional mode of operation. Nigeria should be a source of positivity not a nest of vipers that is infecting the region.

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        • Thank you so much jco. You’ve said it much better!
          I like the ‘Mateship’ concept – that’s so cool to see humanity in one another’s eyes rather than ‘Nigerianise’ way of our people.

          And you are right, this is beyond Buhari and his admin alone, it is all of everyone’s job.

          You see the example of Aussie’s raising taxes to lift folks up, Nigeria wants to raise taxes to feed already over bloated guts, here’s is my issue with us, to help Nigeria poor will be to put money in our public schools making rural families priorities rather than the last on the list that never get help.
          And the folks from the north have to be made to spend their allocation in accordance to 20th century, enough of tradition that’s setting everyone back to dark ages.
          Thanks, again. I do hope our people see it this way otherwise we are I. For a long time.

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          • Why do rural folk put up with this? In India, the rural communities demand and receive services from state government. They make their presence felt when needed.

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            • Good question jco. I am not sure of the village settings in India but Nigeria one especially in the south is counter productive.

              Development of major type stopped in my area since the fifties, roads + schools that were strategically placed in many villages see no improvement at all, except for the last 6 years or so (this is why I liked the current Osun administration). So now for many villages outspoken folks in old age (if they can afford it) move to town for lights and other conveniences.

              Also, people don’t feel like they had any voice, or that anyone should listen to their concerns. Nigeria police aren’t known for dealing with ‘small’ people nicely so they rather chose to be quiet than loose their small fortune.

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              • Sounds like a good case to ‘reach out’ to their colleagues in rural India, to find out how the manged to overcome their challenges, much of which are the same. Not to mention the religious barrier of ‘caste’. Which is not a problem in most of rural Nigeria.

                Yesterday, (11/4/16), BBC had an article on the forgotten girls of Chibok. I would say those girls were ‘unfortunate enough’ to be born Nigerian. I believe that most African countries would have retrieved them by now. I’m sure Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa would have brought them back. Yet ‘puffed up’ Nigeria has simply abandoned them to their fate. Compare this to Israel, where even the bones of fallen soldiers are brought back ‘home’ to their families. Not to mention the attempts they go to rescue their citizens as in the case or ‘Raid on Entebbe’ in Uganda, and repatriating Jews in the disapora whose links with Israel are distant – eg the Falashas of Ethiopia and Jews from Yemen. When you compare that with what Nigeria does for it’s people, you can see why I say those girls were indeed ‘unfortunate’ to be born Nigerian. I’m sure if they were from Benin (Republic) (or some other Francophone nation), their president would have begged the French to rescue them. I wish those girls well, whatever their fate maybe…

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                • Thank you jco. Indeed there are lots we can emulate from those that are doing better, even more so now with ease of internet.

                  I agree with Chibok girls being unfortunate to be born Nigerian and thanks for the examples of the Jews, I learnt from it. Actually one of the girls who escaped shortly after the kidnap thought so too, thankfully she is now in the States – she is going to grow up and reflect back, I bet she’d have plenty of questions to ask in a few years.

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  5. It is sad to know that this is the condition of the hearts of many. You are absolutely right. Many can see how detrimental this is for the young girls-it truly is; but the guys do not go unscathed!

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  6. Seems to me $35million could do a lot to fight B.H. No wonder they are proliferating. The money isn’t being used to fight them. Keep writing Fola. YOU are a bright light on the subject.
    Leslie

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