The Reason Why Nigeria Might Be At The Brink Of Destruction, A Look Into Obasanjo’s Prophesy Of Boko Haram And Fulani Herds Men Plan To Islamise Nigeria

The Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF) has  boldly come forth to support the theory that has been put across by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the real mission of the  Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen.

He revealed that their major aim is to islamise and fulanize Nigeria. It can be said that that there are certain factors that forms the core of a man and one of these things is religion. Religion is a key factor in forming  the idiosyncrasies of a man. In every man there is a need to believe in a higher power, and that is why  the claims that the Boko Haram and the herds men are on a mission to islamise and fulanize Nigeria by force should be taken seriously. Forcing a religion or certain beliefs on a group of people is very unacceptable. The greatest weapon of religion is emotion and that is why men are ready to die for what  they believe in. Tell a man that killing people who do not believe in certain religion is right, fill his head with fantasies of what he/ she gets for ridding the world of infidels, give a man the illusion of doing something right and turn a good man to the devil’s general.

On the 18th of May 2019 Ex President Buhari Obasanjo made an exposure on the activities of Boko Haram and Herds Men in Nigeria, where he revealed that both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not handled as they should have from the very beginning. Also blaming the govt for handling the insurgents with levity because they thought they were mere rascals. He went ahead to reveal that one of the reasons why the Nigerian military have failed to subdue the insurgents as because they were badly trained.

Even if these are just mere allegations, whose proof are still unfounded. There is nothing that gives proof more that documented history, and this is where we will begin our journey from. According to wikipedia  Boko Haram was established by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, the group has been driven by Abubakar Shekau since 2009. At the point when Boko Haram first shaped, their activities were peaceful. Their primary objective was to “decontaminate Islam in northern Nigeria.

From March 2015 to August 2016, the group was lined up with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since the current rebellion began in 2009, Boko Haram has murdered many thousands and dislodged 2.3 million from their homes and was positioned as the world’s deadliest terrorist group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.

After it was established in 2002, Boko Haram’s expanding radicalisation prompted the suppression task by the Nigerian military powers and the summary execution of its leader Mohammed Yusuf in July 2009.

Its sudden resurgence, following a mass jail break in September 2010, was joined by progressively advanced assaults, at first against soft targets, however advancing in 2011 to include suicide bombings of police structures and the United Nations office in Abuja.

The government’s foundation of a state of emergency at the start of 2012, stretched out in the next year to cover the whole north east of Nigeria, prompted an expansion in both security power misuses and aggressor attacks. Of the 2.3 million individuals uprooted by the conflict since May 2013, at least 250,000 have left Nigeria and fled into Cameroon, Chad or Niger. Boko Haram murdered more than 6,600 in 2014. The group have done mass kidnappings including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014.

corruption in the security administrations and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered endeavors to counter the agitation. In mid-2014, the aggressors gained so many territory in and around their home state of Borno, evaluated at 50,000 square kilometers (20,000 sq mi) in January 2015, however did not capture the state capital, Maiduguri, where the group was initially based.

On 7 March 2015, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau pledged faithfulness to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, rebranding as Islamic State in West Africa. In September 2015, the Director of Information at the Defense Headquarters of Nigeria declared that all Boko Haram camps had been wrecked however assaults from the group proceed. According to information culled from CNN here is a time line of the havoc that Boko haram has caused and why we should really be fearful of this sect and why have they remained unbreakable.

According to information culled from CNN

Here’s a look at Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law.

Facts:
In the local Hausa dialect, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.”
The group also refers to itself as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, meaning “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings.”
Boko Haram militants mainly inhabit areas in the northern states of Nigeria, specifically Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna.
Originally, Boko Haram was referred to locally as the Nigerian Taliban because of their religious similarities to the Taliban.
Boko Haram does not engage in Nigeria’s political system out of an adherence to a fundamentalist form of Islam, which forbids participation unless the system is based on Sharia, or Islamic law.
Timeline:
2002 – The group, which may have existed since the late 1990s, organizes under the Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf. It is centered in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno.
December 2003 – The first known attack by Boko Haram includes roughly 200 militants, who attack multiple police stations in the state of Yobe, near the Niger border.
July 2009 – The Boko Haram uprising begins in Bauchi and spreads to the states of Borno, Kano and Yobe. The militant group kills scores of police officers. A joint military task force responds, leaving more than 700 Boko Haram members dead and its operational mosque destroyed. The uprising ends when police capture Yusuf. His deputy, Abubakar Shekau, reportedly dies in the uprising. Yusuf later dies in police custody. Police say he is shot during an attempted escape, but Boko Haram claims it is an extrajudicial execution.
July 2010 – Boko Haram releases a video statement in which Yusuf’s deputy who allegedly died the previous year, Shekau, claims to be the leader of the group.
September 7, 2010 – In the state of Bauchi, 50 Boko Haram militants attack a prison, killing five people and releasing more than 700 inmates.
May 29, 2011 – The day of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration, Boko Haram detonates three IEDs near a military barracks in the city of Bauchi. At least 10 people die in the attack.
August 26, 2011 – Boko Haram attacks the United Nations compound in Abuja. A car bomb kills 23 people and injures more than 75 others.
November 4, 2011 – More than 100 people die in multiple attacks in Yobo, Damaturu and Borno states. Boko Haram militants utilize IEDs and vehicle-borne IEDs to target security forces and their offices, markets and 11 churches.
January 2012 – A newly formed splinter group, known as Ansaru, announces Abu Usmatul Al-Ansari as its leader.
January 20, 2012 – More than 200 people are killed when Boko Haram launches coordinated attacks targeting police, military, a prison and other targets in the city of Kano in Kano State.
February 19, 2013 – Militants alleging to be Boko Haram kidnap a French family of seven in a national park in northern Cameroon; however, the affiliation with Boko Haram cannot be verified. The family is later released.
April 2013 – Jonathan states he has appointed a team to explore the possibility of amnesty for Islamist militants. Shekau responds in an audio statement: “Surprisingly the Nigerian government is talking about granting us amnesty. What wrong have we done? On the contrary, it is we that should grant you pardon.”
April 19, 2013 – Boko Haram battles with multinational security forces from Niger, Nigeria and Chad in the city of Baga in Borno State, leaving nearly 200 people dead, including many civilians. Shekau releases a video in May saying Boko Haram is not responsible for the civilian deaths.
June 4, 2013 – Jonathan approves the proscription of Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru as terrorist organizations.
June 2013 – Boko Haram targets churches in various states on three Sundays in a row, leaving more than 50 people dead.
August 14, 2013 – The Ministry of Defence announces the death of Boko Haram’s second-in-command, Momodu Baba (known as Abu Saad).
August 19, 2013 – Nigeria’s chief army spokesperson claims Shekau may have died after an attack on June 30, but the claim is never verified.
September 17, 2013 – Boko Haram gunmen dress in military uniforms and stage a fake checkpoint near Benisheik in Borno, burning vehicles and executing travelers, leaving at least 143 people dead.
September 25, 2013 – A man claiming to be Shekau appears in a video and says that he is alive and well. However, his identity is not verified.
November 13, 2013 – The US State Department adds Boko Haram and Ansaru to its list of terrorist organizations.
January 26, 2014 – At least 45 are killed in a market in Kawuri in Borno after Boko Haram militants open fire.
April 14, 2014 – Boko Haram militants kidnap approximately 276 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno. Officials there say some of the girls were able to escape. The kidnapping sparks global outrage and a #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media.
May 5, 2014 – In a video statement, a man claiming to be Shekau says, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah…there is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
May 13, 2014 – Hundreds of Boko Haram militants storm three villages in the state of Borno. Villagers resist, killing more than 200 Boko Haram fighters.
May 20, 2014 – Twin blasts in the city of Jos kill 118 people at a market. Nigerian authorities describe the blasts as “terrorist activities” but decline to speculate on who might be responsible.
May 21, 2014 – The White House announces that the United States has sent 80 troops to Chad to help search for the kidnapped schoolgirls.
May 22, 2014 – The UN Security Council adds Boko Haram to its sanctions list.
June 3-4, 2014 – Hundreds of people are killed in raids by Boko Haram Islamic militants in the state of Borno, with some sources putting the death toll at 400 to 500.
June 7-8, 2014 – Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap at least 20 young women over a weekend in the northeastern Nigeria village of Garkin Fulani, eight kilometers from a town where more than 200 schoolgirls were taken nearly two months earlier.
June 18-22, 2014 – Boko Haram militants hold the village of Kummabza in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, hostage for four days. They abduct more than 60 females, including children, and kill 30 men in the raid.
July 7, 2014 – Sources say at least 57 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month from the Kummabza village in northern Borno state have escaped from their captors and returned to their village. Boko Haram is still believed to be holding about 200 schoolgirls abducted April 14 from a boarding school in the town of Chibok.
July 17-20, 2014 – Boko Haram raids the Nigerian town of Damboa. By the time the raid ends, 66 residents have been killed and more than 15,000 have fled.
October 16, 2014 – The Nigerian government announces it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist terror group that includes the promised release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.
November 1, 2014 – In a video, the group’s leader denies the Nigerian government’s claim of a ceasefire.
January 3, 2015 – A multi-day raid begins, where hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen seize the town of Baga and neighboring villages in northern Nigeria, as well as a multinational military base, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead.
March 2, 2015 – Boko Haram releases a video showing the apparent beheadings of two menthey suspected of being spies.
March 7, 2015 – In an audio message purportedly from Shekau, Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS, the Islamic militant group which controls areas of Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram is named “Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya” or “Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyyah,” which means the Islamic State of West Africa.

March 12, 2015 – In an audio message purportedly from an ISIS spokesman, the group announces that the caliphate has expanded to western Africa and that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance. On the same day, ISIS blows up the Iraqi army headquarters north of Ramadi, killing at least 40 Iraqi soldiers.
April 25-26, 2015 – The decomposed corpses of at least 400 men, women and children are found in shallow, mass graves and on the streets of Damasak in northeastern Nigeria. Due to a joint Nigerian-Chadian military operation, the town has recently been freed of Boko Haram, which seized the town in November.
April 28-April 30, 2015 – Nigerian troops rescue about 450 women and girls in the Sambisa Forest during a military operation centered around destroying Boko Haram camps and rescuing civilians. According to the military, none of those rescued have been identified as the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped last April.
Fulani Herdsmen according to their name are known to be pastoral farmers whose history can be traced back to the Futa Jalon mountains of West Africa, with the main aim of raising livestock, but due to changes in the climate patterns many herdsmen have moved into the Savannah and tropical belt of West Africa. There has been so many loss of lives due to the conflict between Farmers and the fulani herdsmen.

From the above we can tell that like most evil things that have been developed in this world, their origin has been good.  A person with very good intention creates a group and suddenly everything goes wrong. Things get into people’s head, fanatics arise, everyone suddenly believes they have been sent by God to get rid of evil, while in fact creating evil. Their emotions become the weapon that is used against them. Is it possible that what Obasanjo is saying is true, yes i think it is. The Boko Haram sect is not ruled by reasoning but emotion and a clouded judgment of what is right. Man is most dangerous when he is emotional, for at that point reality is nothing but an illusion.  An impending destruction might be looming, but we think we are safe. It is high time we take the threat of Boko Haram serious, no one is safe, it is time Buhari’s Federal Government get to the root of the problem, arm our soldiers, train them properly and do what is right. Enough of the death, let us make our nation safe again.

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