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What You May Not Know
Did you know that Nigeria is mainly split between two religions? Islam and Christianity. It’s important to acknowledge this, because the radical Muslim terrorists are responsible for the kidnapping of over 200 girls, and if their country’s government loses control, then Nigeria will become another refuge for al Qaeda and other worldwide terrorists. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Islamic radicals have communicated their strength and power. 1
Not all Nigerian Muslims are radicals. There are many moderate Muslims, however, most of them live in the south along with the Christians. The radical Muslims mainly live in northern Nigeria and want an Islamic state in the north, and they urge shariah law to be imposed on everyone.3 Which is one of the reasons why these girls have been kidnapped.
In 2012, radical Islamists (the sect in Nigeria called Boko Haram) struck eight government security buildings and killed more than 160 people in a series of attacks (bombs and shootings). The sect’s name translates to “Western education is forbidden”. 2
In November 2011, the Boko Haram sect grew more powerful. An audio recording obtained, stated: “Holy war is the only way to bring change for Muslims in Nigeria.” Over 240 people died that year, because of the group’s violent campaign. One of them being a bomb attack on the United Nation’s headquarters in Nigeria.4
In a 10 page article written for the CSIS in 2002, Center for Strategic and International Studies, the author wrote:
“If the divisive religious politics characteristic of Pakistan or Indonesia emerges in more African states, then the prospects for regional stability and democratic reform will surely diminish, with negative spillover effects both locally and internationally.
Since 2013, Boko Haram’s attacks have forced around 300,000 people to leave and seek refuge with neighboring countries and other states.
What happens if the Nigerian government loses control to the radical Muslims?
It gains potential to be another haven for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups worldwide.1
“The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government’s ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls.”6
It’s important to maintain media coverage over the Nigerian conflict. This has been an ongoing problem, and it has become stronger with time. The radical sect will continue to increase strength and demonstrate its power if proper action doesn't take place.
Shariah Law - is the body of Islamic law. The term means "way" or "path"; it is the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam.
Sharia deals with all aspects of day-to-day life, including politics, economics, banking, business law, contract law, sexuality, and social issues.
There is not a strictly codified uniform set of laws that can be called Sharia. It is more like a system of several laws, based on the Qur'an, Hadith and centuries of debate, interpretation and precedent. (Wikipedia)
Al Qaeda - It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless armyand a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global jihad and a strict interpretation of sharia law. (Wikipedia)
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