The Once and Future Biafra? (Part 1) - The Genocide of Ebos By Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Jihad Watch : In Nigeria,the war in the north against Christians continues to
widen, with Christian girls kidnapped (and some used as sex slaves),
Christian villages and churches destroyed, and Christians killed, by
both the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, which is largely made up of
Hausa tribesmen, and by Fulani (Muslim) herdsmen.
President Yemi Osinbajo called on
Muslims and Christians to unite against “radical Islamist terrorism,”
stressing that it was a common enemy of all faiths. It was the usual
hopeful hopeless call for the “real” Muslims to join forces with
Christians against those Muslims who follow a “twisted creed”:
Osinbajo urged Christians and Muslims to unite against
fanatics committed to a twisted creed, which exploited the tenets of
Islam, poverty, and exclusion “to recruit men and women and use children
to perpetuate the most heinous atrocities.” The vice president spoke at the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration
and Combat Support Arms Training Week held at the Ikeja Cantonment, in
Lagos. He said terrorists did not have responsible grievances and,
therefore, no terms of reference for peace.
According to him, radical Islamic terrorism “is an evil that must be
seen as the common enemy of all faiths, including Islam. As the
president said, and I paraphrase, anyone who says Allahu Akbar and goes
on to kill is either insane or dangerously ignorant of the tenets of
Perhaps Osinbajo really believes that what is driving Muslim
terrorists is not Islam but, rather, a “twisted creed” — that is, a
distorted version of the real and peaceful Islam — derived from “tenets
of Islam, poverty, and exclusion.” Let’s take those claims in reverse
order. What “exclusion” is he referring to? Don’t Muslims in Nigeria
participate fully in the political and economic life of the country?
Some would argue that, given their numbers — Muslims are 48.3%, and
Christians 49.2%, of the population, they are over-represented in the
military and in the political class.
Many of the upper officer corps are
Muslims. Far from being “excluded” from political life, most of
Nigeria’s presidents have been Muslims. It is true that Boko Haram
discourages its members from engaging in politics, believing that any
political system not based on Sharia should be rejected, but the vast
majority of Muslims participate eagerly, hoping always to retain greater
power for the Muslim half of the population.