Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and it is home to approximately 400 ethnic groups, according to statistics. Even though Nigeria is endowed with talented people, minerals, and natural
Nigeria, dubbed as the “Giant of Africa,” has had several conflicts as a result of ethnic, religious, political, and geographical divisions. Despite being a nation famed for its unity in variety and cultural legacy, it is facing a significant challenge posed by three evil sects, each of which is likely to advocate for one course of action. Boko Haram, ISWAP, and ISIS are the three groups.
Boko Haram, the Islamic State, and ISIS are not only a thorn in the flesh for Nigeria and Africa but also for the rest of the world. These organizations are hell-bent on wreaking chaos and upsetting a country’s calm.
1) The emergence of Boko Haram, the faceless enemy of peace:
According to research, Boko Haram first appeared in Maiduguri, Borno State, about 2002. Boko Haram is a mash-up of the Hausa word “Boko” and the Islamic world “Haram.” Boko Haram implies that western education is sinful or prohibited.
The group did not just oppose Western education; they also advocated for its sovereignty, arguing that democratic and secular governments are incompatible with Shariah law.
In July 2009, Boko Haram established a base in Bauchi and spread to other northern states, recruiting new members and committing out attacks that resulted in the deaths of civilians and security personnel.
Their operation deteriorated dramatically in 2010, as suicide bombings, shooting sprees, and executions increased dramatically.
The ongoing attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group prompted the proclamation of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa in May of 2013. The Boko Haram insurgency has forced many people to flee their homes.
Despite some members of Boko Haram coming out openly to beg Nigerians for forgiveness, Leah Sharibu, a young lady who was abducted three years ago by Boko Haram is still being held in captivity and there is still no sign about her whereabouts.
Leah Sharibu was held in captivity by Boko Haram because of her decision not to denounce Jesus, and she has reportedly delivered two babies while in captivity.
- ISIS (ISIL):
Another lethal group to which ISWAP has pledged allegiance is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officially known as the Islamic State and also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, a militant group and formerly unrecognised proto-state that adheres to the Salafi jihadi doctrine.
The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) is thought to be a Boko Haram faction. The lethal gang is also called “Wilayat Garb Ifrqiya,” which translates as “West African Province.” ISWAP is said to have split from Boko Haram in 2015 and declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Since then, there has been no love lost between ISWAP and Boko Haram, but they appear to be pushing the same course, which is disrupting peace and wreaking misery. ISWAP shared some photos of the military vehicles they seized.
The effort to apprehend these enemies of peace has been difficult, as they occasionally catch our security officers off guard.
There have also been claims that these terrorist groups are more armed than some of the security officers deployed to combat them, indicating that they are being sponsored by some rich figures.
Kudos to the Nigerian military troops as she successfully launched a satellite communication vehicle months after the launching of six super Tucano fighter jets.
Why does The World need To Unite To Stop Them?
These terrorists are not just posing as a threat to a particular region of space, they should be considered as a global enemy. At a time when we thought that these faceless enemies of peace were becoming seekers of peace, some of them still go about bragging about what they intend to do next.
These terrorists if allowed to dominate, will not just dominate in a particular region, they would love to expand their territory and capture as many regions as possible. The world should unite and stop this small fire before it becomes a blazing inferno and an unquenchable fire.
The world shouldn’t close its eyes and watch these terrorists carry out their rampage with impunity. Even if some countries are free of terrorism, they can come out and proffer solutions to help other countries hit with the plague of insecurity.