Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists targetting Christians, turning Nigeria into cauldron of religious strife

Jan 6, 2012 – 11:14 PM ET

Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters Files

Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters Files

Christmas Day bombings, including one at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, killed 65 people in Nigeria.

Preaching a theology of chaos and intolerance, the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to plunge Nigeria into a civil war.

After murdering 504 people last year in church and mosque bombings, drive-by shootings, bank robberies and assaults on police stations and army barracks, the radical Islamists are rapidly becoming known as Africa’s Taliban.

The increasingly sophisticated and deadly attacks include a Christmas bombing campaign of Christian churches that killed 65 people in northern Nigeria and a suicide car-bomb attack on the United Nations’ headquarters in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, that killed 25 people in August.


Thursday, gunmen stormed a church in Gombe, killing six people. On Friday, armed men shot and killed 17 Christians at a house in the northeastern town of Mubi as they mourned the death of a friend the previous evening.


Then late Friday, gunmen killed at least eight people when they opened fire on worshippers at the Christian Apostolic church in downtown Yola, the capital of Adamawa.

Boko Haram has suddenly emerged as one of Africa’s most virulent terrorist threats.

In November, a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on homeland security identified the group as a threat to African stability and U.S. security.

Its members are being trained by al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM, al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate) and have ties to Somalia’s Al-Shabab, the committee concluded.

“The sophistication of its tactics, use of the Internet and its recent attack on the UN headquarters in Abuja all point to a dangerously evolving organization,” it said.

With AQIM operating in Nigeria’s neighbours — Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Algeria — it would only be “natural” for the group to gravitate toward Nigeria, said Paul Lubeck, an expert on the region at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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A member of the clergy guides security forces through the scene of a car bomb explosion at  St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on Christmas day.

“They are global jihadists,” he said. “It is automatic that you would look to the largest Muslim state in Africa to expand.”

Before his death last May, Osama bin Laden identified Nigeria, with its sharp Christian-Muslim divide, as a key arena for global sectarian warfare.

Libya’s civil war, which has flooded North Africa with weapons, has also left Nigeria vulnerable.

Boko Haram — Hausa for “Western education is sinful” — was founded in 2002. Members prefer to use its full name, Jama’atul Alhul Sunnah Lidda’wati wal jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad), and have typically demanded the creation of an Islamic state and the implementation of sharia law throughout Nigeria.

Its first leader was Mohammed Yusuf, an imam who claimed education “spoils the belief in one God,” and the group focused on attacking government institutions in Nigeria’s northern provinces and challenging the secularism enshrined in Nigeria’s post-colonial constitution.

Centred on the Muslim-dominated north, the poorest region, Boko Haram draws on a vast pool of unschooled, unskilled and unemployed young people who are disenchanted with their country’s poverty, regional disparities and reputation for corruption.

“The emergence of Boko Haram signifies the maturation of long-festering extremist impulses that run deep in the social reality of Northern Nigeria,” wrote Chris Ngwodo, a Nigerian analyst.

“But the group itself is an effect and not a cause; it is a symptom of decades of failed government and elite delinquency finally ripening into social chaos.”

Operating from Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, near the border with Chad, Cameroon and Niger, Boko Haram preached a doctrine of withdrawal and saw Nigeria as an illegitimate, non-Islamic state.

Under Mr. Yusuf, its traditional targets were police stations, army barracks, banks, churches, schools and beer halls. It carried out targeted assassinations of religious leaders and politicians who disagreed with it and regularly waged civil disobedience campaigns.

In 2009, when Boko Haram refused to follow a new motorcycle helmet law, members clashed with police. The conflict rapidly escalated into an armed uprising that resulted in the deaths of more than 800 people, including the extra-judicial killing of Mr. Yusuf, who was captured and filmed being stripped by police, before later being found shot dead, allegedly after trying to escape.

Weakened by the police crackdown, with most of its leaders in exile, Boko Haram lay dormant for nearly a year until it exploded back on the scene in December 2010 with bombings of churches.

The terrorist resurgence — which included last August’s attack on the UN, a twin bombing of Nigeria Police headquarters in Abuja and a prison break in Bauchi that freed more than 700 inmates — demonstrated a new level of coordination and expertise with explosives and marked a major turning point in Boko Haram’s philosophy.

“They’ve changed to focus on a more familiar jihadi world view that wants change in the country and sees itself as part of a global struggle,” said Greg Barton, director of the Center for Islam & the Modern World at Australia’s Monash University.

“They’ve made links with Al-Shabab in Somalia and with [AQIM] in Algeria. So they’ve broadened their list of aims. It means it’s almost impossible to negotiate with them.”

General Carter Ham, head of the U.S.’s Africa Command, says there are signs Boko Haram and AQIM have tried to establish a “loose partnership” with Al-Shabab and are coordinating and synchronizing their efforts.

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A security barrier marks the scene of a car bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja.

In November, Abdelkader Messahel, Algeria’s deputy foreign minister, said Boko Haram has become an al-Qaeda offshoot.

“We have no doubts that coordination exists between Boko Haram and al-Qaeda,” he said. “The way both groups operate and intelligence reports show that there is co-operation.”

Still, little of real substance is known about the current version of Boko Haram. The sect’s leader is believed to be Abubakar bin Muhammad Shekau, a former deputy of Mr. Yusuf, but there are rumours it has split into at least three different organizations.

In July, a group calling itself the Yusufiya Islamic Movement began distributing pamphlets in northern Nigeria that criticized Boko Haram for carrying out a false holy war and being infiltrated by “people with evil motives.”

Jean Herskovits, a history professor at State University of New York’s Purchase College, said “there is no proof that a well-organized, ideologically coherent terrorist group called Boko Haram even exists today.”

“Evidence suggests instead, that while the original core of the group remains active, criminal gangs have adopted the name Boko Haram to claim responsibility for attacks when it suits them,” she said.

After the Christmas bombings of churches in Borno, a self-proclaimed spokesman for Boko Haram, who identifies himself as Abul Qaqa, gave all Christians in northern Nigeria three days to leave the region or face more attacks.

Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian President, has declared a state of emergency in portions of four northern states and sent two army brigades to the region to fight Boko Haram.

“They started as a harmless group [and] have now grown cancerous,” he said. “Nigeria, being the body, they want to kill it.”

The United States has begun training Nigerian troops in counter-terrorism techniques, while France and Britain are offering military support and intelligence sharing.

Still, Africa’s most populous state and biggest oil producer remains mired in the disappointment and despair that originally gave rise to Boko Haram 10 years ago.

While declaring a state of emergency in the north, Mr. Jonathan’s government also triggered violent national protests over the New Year with a decision to eliminate a 38-year-old fuel subsidy that was costing the government US$7.5-billion a year.

The immediate result was a 150% hike in gasoline prices and angry calls by Nigeria’s two major labour unions for a nationwide strike starting Monday.

Seventy per cent of Nigerians live on less than $2 a day and are unwilling or unable to pay nearly $1 a litre for gas.

Long tormented by division and disunity, with 350 ethnic groups speaking 250 languages, Nigeria is rapidly becoming a cauldron of religious and ethnic strife on a continent that has just begun to experience the full impact of Islamist radicalism.

National Post



  1. Christians? Our elected leaders are too worried about the plight of Muslims living under the likes of Mubarak, Gaddafi and Assad to be concerned about the wholesale terrorism and murder of Christians.
    Bob A.

  2. Don’t be surprised to find Boko Haram is straight from CIA/MI5 chambers. Al-Q is.


      • o It won’t be the West’s might that saves Israel….
        What a joke! Not funny. The West will betray Israel at every turn to save their sorry backsides. They’ve been doing it for more than 60 years since the State of Israel came into being. And longer than that when the Jews were scattered.

        Nah, Israel is under the Omen of His Protection. He will fight for His Land, His people.

        Who will fight for the West? Why, Satan, of course.

        Who will be winner?


        What will happen to the West, then?

        Gone. Kaput. Up in smoke. Survivors will be led away in chains and to slavery. Then they can enjoy Arbeit Macht Frei. Nice!

  3. Yesterday’s news is the President of Nigeria admitted to Nigerians that Boko Haram has infiltrated his government, his security forces, his police, his military!!!

    BUT our eastern papers report that the IMF’s bitch Christine Lagarde (she moaned recently that Russia is not in the mess that Eurozone is) ordered the governments of Nigerial, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana and Chad to relinquish vital fuel subsidies which Nigeria did on 1st Jan 2012, without notice, without any warning. Result of which caused widespread violence on the streets of Lagos and Abuja. Today’s shutdown in Nigeria is channeled towards an incompetent and self-serving domestic elite, compliant to the interests of fraudulent foreign institutions like the Evil Entity IMF.

    Although Nigeria produces 2.4 million barrels of crude oil a day intended for export use, the country struggles with generating sufficient electrical power and maintaining its infrastructure. Ironically enough, less than 6% of bank depositors own 88% of all bank deposits in Nigeria. GOLDMAN SACHS employees line its domestic government, in addition to the former VP of the World Bank (another Satanic West arselicker) .
    Even after decades of producing lucrative oil exports, Nigeria has failed to maintain it’s own refineries, forcing it to illogically purchase oil imports from other nations. Society at large has not benefited from Nigeria’s natural riches, so it comes as no surprise that a severe level of distrust is held towards the government, who claims the fuel subsidy needs to be lifted in order to divert funds towards improving the quality of life within the country.
    The people of Nigeria have been one of the world’s most vocal against IMF-induced austerity measures, student protests have been met with heavy handed repression since 1986, and several times since then resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths.

    What the Insatiable Greedy Piranhas of the West intend to do, (led by Evil America, who else) is for civil strife in Nigeria. Then, the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania that has been conducting a series of African war game scenarios in preparation for the Pentagon’s expansion of AFRICOM under America’s Nigger administration.

    At a press conference at the House Armed Services Committee on March 13, 2008, AFRICOM Commander, General William Ward then went on to brazenly state the priority issue of America’s growing dependence on African oil would be furthered by AFRICOM operating under the principle theatre-goal of “combating terrorism”.
    At an AFRICOM Conference held at Fort McNair on February 18, 2008, Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller openly declared the guiding principle of AFRICOM is to protect “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market”, before citing CHINA’S increasing presence in the region as CHALLENGING to American interests. (That’s the fucking truth, people).After the unwarranted snatch-and-grab regime change conducted in Libya, nurturing economic destabilization, civil unrest and sectarian conflict in Nigeria is an ultimately tangible effort to secure Africa’s second largest oil reserves.

    BUT, the real venomous snake instigating and guiding the US to atrocities is the Evil of Evils: Britain. The British empire is expanding the terrorism and war it has inflicted from the Middle East to Afghanistan, into an East-West belt reaching across Africa, from Somalia (with no functioning government) in the Horn of Africa to the impoverished region of the Sahel and Nigeria, in West Africa. The resulting conflicts, with the support of Obama and France, will be yet another message to Russia and China that the British “empire” (the Evil House of Windsor can’t accept their lost colonies) has changed the rules in the ongoing monetary system collapse, making Russian and Chinese collaboration with Africa no longer possible.
    BUT the fact is: CHINA lends more to AFRICA than the World Bank, and on Far Better Terms. Which has the Evil West frothing and foaming!! And that’s the fucking truth!

    • [[at good does it do China to lend anything to Africa]]
      China has a long history in aiding Africa since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
      Africa has RESOURCES the filthy, evil, satanic West wants its greedy hands to grab, grab, grab, FREE. Bomb, Murder at will to Grab.

      China lends. China invests billions. Its fair equity. China invested $40 billion in Sudan, but with one condition: that if any Chinese working in Sudan is kidnapped or killed, China reserves the right to hunt down the guilthy and execute them, on the spot. No trial.

      China sent Emergency Food to Ethiopia. No strings attached. Ethiopia now has the first batch of food aid provided by China valued at 24 million dollars to support that country in its fight against the effects of a severe drought.
      China has already pledged to offer about 70 million dollars in emergency aid in the form of grains to African territories affected by the worst drought in 60 years.

      The oh so pious West only knows Satan’s doctrine: Bomb, Murder, Plunder. Kill the people of the land through starvation, chaos, and bombed out infrastructure. That’s the way of the West.
      Iraq is a case in point.

      • QV, the West pours vast amounts of money into Africa as well…However Africa isn’t doing any better, money, resources, food, all winds up in the hands of insurgents. I understand the fight over resources, but why protect the Muslims? It’s completely self defeating…I just can’t make the connection.

  4. Iran, N. Korea have been called “axis of evil” by America. That conveniently ignore the center of the Satanic universe here on Earth, their darling untouchable Arse in Triumph – Saudi Arabia. Why? This filthy medieval Evil that has retained 7th century “morality” that demands the right to spread across the Non Muslim World using means fair or foul? And why does the oh so “democratic” “human rights” bullshit trumpetting USA allow the Saudis a free hand and go to war with the rest of the world on their behalf? I have time and again addressed this issue; not a single American commenter has come forward with an answer.

    Why are Americans so utterly stupid they allow their Nigger and his hooligans to shed America’s boys and girls blood in the coming war with Iran? Did Iran fly the planes into the Twin Towers? Is Iran funding America’s Universities (Harvard is No. 1 Saudi Arselicking U) and enforcing “islamic studies” as part of the curriculum in American schools? Harvard’s president Larry Summers, who is well known for his greed, accepted a stunning $20 million donation for the creation of a program of studies to lioniseIslam’s history and jurisprudence. The cash came from the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Has Iran been found guilty of such filthy infiltration and bribery? With such an enormous stash, Summers got one of his favorite minions, Elena Kagan to start what’s known as the Islamic Finance Project, a euphemism for Sharia through the backdoor. Did any West msm write anything about such blatant islamisation?

    And not even the naivest of the naïve would actually believe that Summers had any lofty educational or knowledge-enhancing goals in mind when he accepted Prince Alwaleed’s largesse. Alwaleed had the means to temporarily quench Summers insatiable greed (in return for Summers allowing him to plant yet another Jihad-furthering unit right in the heart of what’s still regarded as the numero uno of the US academia. The American people kept very, very SILENT. The one who blew the horn was the sacked Subramaniam Swamy – sacked because he wrote an article dissing Indian muslims for blowing up hindu temples in INDIA, not in the fucking USA.

    And who trumpets loud and clear for muslims than America’s Professor John Esposito. Read some of his articles (have a sick bag handy) and read his oh so apologetic to muslims trash. Check out Investigative Project on Terrorism’s damning dossier on him}

    It’s the same sickening pattern at work again. Academic programmes to broaden scholarships has now degenerated into an unofficial ban against criticizing Islam in any form and enforcing Islamic mores on the university campus. And the American people keep ever so QUIET. WHY?

  5. Honest to God QV, I don’t know why they stay silent…

    Because Americans allowed Leftists and Liberals to take control of their schools, their universities, their media, the Idiot Box, etc, willlingly. Dissenting voices that warned were ridiculed and scorned. Result: Generationsof dumbed down Americans that elected a Nigger Fascist Obama to be their president. The fact that Obama was elected president as well as many in congress is proof the US education system that has been failing for decades.

    “”The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

  6. the West pours vast amounts of money into Africa as well…

    Yes. And takes back half the money. The other half goes into the pockets of their darling despots who ensures they’ll get their half share.

  7. CK, don’t think your Canada is safe . read , research, analyse the following contents, then arrive at your conclusion.

    American President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper have unveiled a new border security agreement that has received scant attention in the American media. However, far from being a new arrangement, what this accord represents is only the latest in a chain of usurpations of national sovereignty.
    The U.S.-Canada Security Perimeter and the Political Consolidation of North America
    by Dana Gabriel
    Canadian Officials ‘Secretive’ on North American perimeter security agreement
    by Aaron Dykes
    Canada-U.S. Deep Integration: Establishing the Bi-National “Security Perimeter”
    by Dana Gabriel
    Towards a North American Union? Removed from the Public Eye, Top Level Consultations behind Closed Doors
    by Jerome R. Corsi
    Indoctrinating a New Generation: “Think North American”
    by Dana Gabriel

    David Orchard’s book,” The Fight For Canada – Four Centuries of Resistence to American Expansionism”

    The US government has attacked Canada three times in the last 400 years because American businessmwn/Senators beleive it is “Manifest Destiny” that Canada become apart of the United States of America.

    William Blums 2004 book,” Killing Hope – U.S. Military And CIA Interventions Since World War 2″ that Capitalism is behind this AND pushing this agenda. Read the books and decide for yourself.

    the USA wants to use the North American union /security perimeter as a pretext for the slow-motion conquest of Canada and Mexico.
    I guess some people have a hard time admitting that America, the self-proclaimed Land of the Free, is not quite the benevolent power that it masquerades as.
    Believe it or not, America had military plans to invade Canada in the early 20th Century.
    The Invasion of Canada
    Now, decades later, some people still haven’t learned.

  8. “”The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung…

    This needed repeating…

  9. In my head it just doesn’t compute

    You are not a member of the Elites, CK. And so must be exterminated by your own leaders.

  10. This needed repeating

    It was. On alternate media. On blogs by writers who can sense future enslavement and doom for their generations.
    On the whole, the majority prefer “good news” and bury their collective heads deep, deep down in the Bog of Denial & Ignorance.

    And Obama will be elected for another 4 years. And the people will still not learn.

  11. Who’s collarborating and colluding with Islamists Murderers? No prizes for correct answer: The filthy, evil nation that drumbeats the “democracy” “human rights”
    bullshit with its R2P along with its Murdering Arm — NATO.

    Read and puke!

    Sudan President Omar Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He’s not someone Libya’s new leaders should be hosting.,0,7988305.story?track=rss

  12. CK, you said: the West pours vast amounts of money into Africa as well…However Africa isn’t doing any better, money, resources, food, all winds up in the hands of insurgents. I understand the fight over resources, but why protect the Muslims? It’s completely self defeating…I just can’t make the connection.

    Perhaps this will make you understand and connect the dots.

    The new IMF chief is making Nigerians pay as much as Americans for their petrol. The Nigerians are rioting.

    Nile Bowie explains


    Britain’s Royal Dutch Shell has been at the center of political-economic life of Nigeria for over a half-century.

    Africans across the continent had great hopes and dreams for Nigeria to be its leading nation, which never materialized, thanks to the control by the City of London financial predators, which looted and corrupted this potential giant of Africa

    Nigeria, which pumps out over 2 million barrels of oil per day, has four oil refineries that don’t work, gives a clue to how the country has been kept from developing. Importing almost all of Nigeria’s gasoline by purchasing it on the spot market has produced a wealthy mini-oligarchy class inside Nigeria, alongside the oil wealth of Royal Dutch Shell etc., creating an environment of rampant corruption.

    Britain must be DESTROYED, c ompletely. It is left to be seen if Yahweh (Prophesied) will do it, or the combined unity of nations will nuke Britain.

  14. CK, Ephraim, the “silly, witless dove” will be defeated and its surivors led in chains into slavery.

    God has foretold: “Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” (Hosea 5:9).
    Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [half-baked]. Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. (Do you know Britain has sold all its crown jewel industries namely its indigenous corporations – airports, ships, banks, gas pipelines, stock exchanges, chemical plants and glass factories fell into foreign ownership?)

    Skynet 5, a very sophisticated satellite built by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (eads). Paradigm Services, an eads subsidiary, will actually own the satellite and provide critical specialized secure communications services to the British Ministry of Defense under a contractual agreement. While this may not sound unusual under modern military modus operandi, it is an extreme danger and an Achilles heel for the entire British nation. eads is a German-dominated European conglomerate. This means that Britain has hedged its national defense, all its troop and equipment reductions as well as future battle plans—the defense of the nation—on a high-tech strategic system whose very lynch pin is being held by a nation that has twice attempted to wipe it off the map.

    Hence, instead of turning to God, “When they shall go (to Assyria) I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard” (Hosea 7:8-12).

    Britain is Breaking Up! Scotland may eventually become an independent state. The referendum about the country’s separation from PARASITE Britain is to take place in two years. Wales and Ireland will be next to say FO to the English Parasites that has the mother of all parasites as their evil “queen” .

    Both Mannasseh (America) and Ephraim (Britain) days are numbered. The people will be led in chains and into slavery in the future.

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