Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Why can't Nigeria defeat Boko Haram?
BBC News ^ | 11 November 2011 | Jonah Fisher

Posted on 12/28/2011 10:13:23 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Edited on 12/29/2011 5:35:05 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Nigeria's Defence Minister Bello Halliru Mohammed says his men are once again "on top" of the security situation in the north - which has seen a spate of attacks by militant Islamist group Boko Haram - and that people have nothing to fear.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bokoharam; nigeria; persecution

1 posted on 12/28/2011 10:13:31 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

Boko Harum? Great band.

2 posted on 12/28/2011 10:31:48 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

I think the answer is provided in the article:

“”The rise of Boko Haram is largely as a result of incompetence, lack of foresight and insensitivity from the Nigerian state,” Mr Kari said.”

3 posted on 12/28/2011 10:33:38 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JennysCool
I liked "Conquistador."

4 posted on 12/28/2011 10:42:29 PM PST by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JennysCool

Dearest Friend:
I have a most wonderful opportunity to share with you. I have been entrusted with 2 million dollars American to produce a musical video.
My uncle was Minister of the Nigerian Economy and has given me bearer bonds with the letter of credit, but I require a small fee to ....

5 posted on 12/28/2011 10:45:33 PM PST by tumblindice ("I'm not schizophrenic." "Yes, you are." Mitt Romney)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican; All

Half the population is muslim...

There’s your answer...
No solution until that fact changes.

And to the rest of you, let’s just go on making lame band jokes. What are a few dead Christians after all...

When are the 911 jokes coming?

6 posted on 12/29/2011 2:42:01 AM PST by LastNorwegian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: G Larry

Read the rest of the article before praising that quote. It is clear that what this (Muslim) commentator meant was that Boko Haram is a legitimate expression of people who are not getting what is rightfully theirs (which, in their minds, is everything belonging to the Christians and absolute power in Nigeria). He says it is necessary to negotiate with the Muslims (about what???). In other words, he was saying the same thing that the Muslims said about 9/11, that the US and the West had been mean to Muslims and owed them big and the Muslims were just extracting justice.

This is ridiculous, of course. The Muslims wanted and got their own state in Nigeria, governed by Islamic law, about 10 years ago, and naturally it is poor and unproductive. But that’s because of Islam. The southern, secular part of the country, where most of the Christians live, is better off and also has more oil, and the wealth received from the development of that oil comes to the country as a whole although naturally also to the people working it as well.

But since Boko Haram means “Western Learning is Evil,” I don’t think there’s much of a negotiating position there. They simply want to crush the Christian population and take over, and because of changes in the Nigerian military (including a growing presence of Pakistani trained Muslims), I think they have a pretty good chance.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 2:57:35 AM PST by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: livius

Look for Nigeria to break apart down the road, between the Muslim north and the Christian south.

8 posted on 12/29/2011 4:59:59 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson