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Escapees from the northern Nigerian state of Kano paint a disturbing picture of the massive killings of Christians by jihadist terror group Boko Haram.
Sefia (name changed for her protection) says she fled after many friends, acquaintances and neighbors were killed around her.
She recalls a neighbor who stepped outside his door to brush his teeth and was brutally gunned down by the terrorists last year.
This year, another neighbor was killed as he watched football in a sport club. This time the terrorists came back a couple of days later to apologize to his parents.
It was a case of mistaken identity, they said. They had written to another man to notify him that they were going to kill him. That fellow fled town immediately.
Unfortunately Sefia’s neighbor who was a well-liked college grad on national service was mistaken for him and murdered by the terrorists.
This, says Sefia, was the turning point. In times past, the killers would be masked. Now they come in broad daylight and total impunity.
One day a bike rode past her with 4 men on it. It struck her as curious why they all piled on like that.
Moments later, she heard gunshots. She watched as one of the men calmly took off his blood stained robes and changed to another in full public view before getting on the bike and riding away.
Sefia says she suspects other Muslims who have generally attacked Christians and churches over the decades are joining in on the terrorists’ bandwagon to kill Christians with impunity.
One Sunday, two prominent Christian brothers were on their way home from church when they were stopped by gun men who threatened to kill them. The boys pleaded with the captors – the eldest negotiated with them to kill him and spare his younger brother as their mother was a widow.
A passerby also entreated them to have mercy. The gunmen shot all three of them – both bothers died.
Sefia herself survived the horrendous January 20, 2012 massacre in Kano which was the worst single day casualty in any global conflict that year alongside Syria.
Boko Haram attacked multiple locations in carefully coordinated attacks.
Unlike her colleagues, Sefia decided to remain in her office after her brother phoned her to stay put. A married male colleague decided to head out to search for his family. A female coworker followed him in his car.
At midnite Sefia finally left her office, the sole remaining occupant after its roof caved in from the bomb blasts around town. Fortunately she wasn’t injured.
She trekked for miles on her way home passing by mounds of corpses by the side of the road. It was like a “movie set”, she says, so surreal.
Those who moved around it seems were the prime casualties. She later learnt that Boko Haram had stopped her two colleagues at a checkpoint. He pleaded for his life as did his lady colleague telling them he had children. The terrorists shot him in the head and his brains were splattered all over her clothes where she sat in the front passenger seat.
One terrorist pointed his gun at her but another stopped him from pulling the trigger saying, ” we don’t kill women”.
It was the latest close shave for Sefia. In 2011, Muslim rioters came to burn her home while she and her mum were in it during the so-called “post election”
violence. Her Muslim neighbors lied to the mob that they occupants were Muslims so she escaped being burnt alive – regardless of whether she were female or not.
Those neighbors have themselves now moved. Sefia doesn’t know if the new ones would lie to protect her life. She has fled leaving behind family too old to relocate.
No state of emergency has been declared in Kano and Boko Haram’s capacity has not been downgraded. The killings continue till this day, mostly unreported and undocumented but for interviews with survivors such as this. The US had planned to open a consulate in Kano but the new Assistant secretary for Africa told congress this month that this is on hold. The US only recently designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
The article below is a horrid example of how the international media by biased writing are conjuring the notion that somehow the “Christian government” is behind the killings of Muslims. You will see that there is no mention of Christians being the object of attacks by Boko Haram and no single attack on Christians is cited. None.
Nigeria’s military killing thousands of detainees
By MICHELLE FAUL
1 hour ago
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Shedding stark light on Nigeria’s escalating war with Islamic militants, mortuary records from a single Nigerian hospital show the number of detainees who died in military custody more than tripled in June, the first month of a state of emergency in the troubled northeast region.
Overall, the records obtained by The Associated Press for the nine months from Oct. 5 to July 5 indicate that the military is killing thousands in its crackdown on the uprising in northeast Nigeria.
The records cover just one hospital, Sani Abacha Specialist Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, the movement fighting to uproot Western cultural influences from a country shared almost equally by Muslims and Christians. In the 30 days before the state of emergency was declared on May 14, 380 bodies were delivered to the hospital by the military. In the 30 days after, the number was 1,321.
For the whole of June, the number was 1,795, making it the worst month in the records seen by the AP, which has also witnessed many of the bodies being delivered to the hospital in military ambulances, escorted by armored cars.
The figure is much larger than the estimated number of Boko Haram fighters.
Nigerian government and military officials have refused to comment, and it’s impossible to know how many of the dead had Boko Haram connections. But Nigerian law stipulates that even under a state of emergency, detainees are supposed to be brought before a magistrate within 48 hours and to have access to lawyers and family members.
A pastor said he was held at Maiduguri’s Giwa Military Barracks after he and four other people were arrested because weapons were found hidden in the shoe factory where he works.
He described hundreds of naked people crammed into a cell meant for a couple of dozen. Once a day, he said, a soldier would throw a loaf of moistened bread into the cell to be brawled over. Some died of torture, he said.
He told the AP he was freed with the intervention of a Christian group, and his jailers’ recognizing his prayers for salvation as Christian. He requested anonymity fearing military retaliation.
(Essentially this implies that this is a war against Muslims and Christians are exempt. We have been working on a case of several Christians arrested by the military in multiple locations since last month. It is of course ludicrous that Christians would be members of a jihadist group bent on exterminating Christian but this is the absurd outcome when suspected Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated the Civilian JTF vigilante groups)
Amnesty International reported this week that hundreds are dying in detention: some taken from the cells and shot, some dying of suffocation or starvation.
The London-based human rights group said “credible information” from a senior Nigerian army officer indicated more than 950 people have been killed in the first six months of this year. The mortuary records seen by the AP list 3,335 bodies in that period, in just one hospital.
That figure alone is about nine times greater than the 400 civilians killed in Boko Haram attacks in the same period, according to an AP count of reported incidents.
However, Boko Haram has also done much to alienate public opinion. Fighters suspected of belonging to it have gunned down dozens of schoolchildren, some as they sat at their desks writing exams, and burned alive boarding school students locked into dormitories that were set ablaze.
The name Boko Haram roughly means “Western education is forbidden.”
The group has also killed many more Muslims than Christians. In August, it gunned down 47 worshippers in a mosque. Last month it captured a muezzin, made him issue the pre-dawn summons to prayer and then killed at least seven elderly men who answered the call.
(You can see clearly here that no data was given to show that Muslims were indeed greater casualties than Christians. This is curious because the article cites figures copiously for its other allegations. This claim is just gratuitously thrown in. Then the writer cites the only successful attack inside a mosque in several years – yes, the solitary incident – as proof. It does not mention the numerous attacks on multiple churches – there were more attacks on churches in Nigeria since last year than they were in Egypt in the last century)
Local and international human rights groups say the troops deployed to combat Boko Haram are notorious for their excesses and have draconian powers to raid homes and detain people. They see a danger of a backlash from a poor population that feels marginalized and remote from the political center of Nigeria and its Christian president, Goodluck Jonathan.
(This editorializing/psychoanalytical comment implicitly blames the president for being a Christian. In a sense this is why the Muslims hate him but here it is twisted as though he somehow neglected them in the 2 years since his election – notwithstanding the fact that the Muslim north rioted and killed Christians in across 12 states the very night he won the elections before he ever had a chance to “marginalize” them.)
The religions co-exist peacefully in the rest of Nigeria although fundamentalism, fueled by poverty and marginalization, has been growing among Christians and Muslims in the north.
(Isn’t this cute? Now its the Christians who are fundamentalists – oh and also, Muslims. Good lawd!)
Just days after the emergency was declared, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted “deep concern over credible allegations of gross human rights violations by Nigerian security forces.” And in September, when he met Jonathan at the U.N., President Barack Obama “underscored the importance of countering terrorism via a comprehensive approach that creates economic opportunity and protects human rights,” according to a State Department official.
On Thursday Nigeria was elected to a two-year seat on the U.N. Security Council. According to presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, President Jonathan believes it is “a glowing expression of support and encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security and political stability in Africa and other parts of the world.”
This article claims more people have been killed than the estimated number of terrorists but doesn’t name that figure or how it obtained the troop strength of a shadowy insurgent group. These are the kinds of flights of fancy that constitute objective reportage for respected international news wires.
Between the ferocious attacks of the terrorists, the mendacious analysis of the US state department, the systemic disinformation from the international media and the indifference of most, Christians in northern Nigeria are facing a perfect storm while the world fiddles.
PS for a better article, pls see this incisive one http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/northern-nigeria/verini-text
A recent blog – Nigerian Security Forces Are Out of Control – by Ambassador John Campbell claims “The current Boko Haram insurgency was precipitated by, among other causes, the police murder of its then-leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in 2009, an event that went viral in Nigerian social media.” I beg to differ. Boko Haram’s first recorded attacks were on December 23th 2013 – almost a decade ago. Therefore it is not possible that the death of Yusuf in 2009 is responsible for the insurgency. Boko Haram has been operating as a terrorist mob in plane view for a long time. They have merely coalesced into a more lethal, more insidious terrrorist organization with global jihadists ties, training, financing and aspirations.
Oh, by the way, as should be expected, there is no mention of the Christian victims of Boko haram’s genocidal jihad. Poor innocent students who were murdered merely for having the effrontery for seeking Western education, Malala-style are portrayed as somehow haven been informants against the terrorists.
Jihadists do not need excuses or “causes” for their extremism. It is found in their ideology. A Mossad operative once said that the difference between US and Israel security methodology is that the former looks for the bomb while the latter looks for the bomber! This would appear to be exactly what is happening again with US analysis of Boko Haram terrorism – rather than look at the bombers…
Campbell makes a claim that security forces are killing as much as the terrorists are. This moral equivalency between the army and the terrorists is a recurring theme in his blog. But is shocking that he announces it blandly without any validation in the same way in the past, he has claimed more Muslims were killed by the anti-Christian Jihadists than, wait for it, Christians!
This blog comes literally days after another blog – Is the Nigerian Military Winning Aginst Boko Haram? – which ascribed 552 deaths to Boko Haram in September alone and then contained this dozy:
“The security-centric approach that President Goodluck Jonathan is using to suppress the insurrection in the North is not working…This strengthens the argument that it is not “merely” a small group of hardcore Islamists intent on jihad who are perpetrating the violence. Instead, the chaos in the region is broader-based, a grassroots rejection of the established political economy…
“Radical Islamism is not the only root of Nigeria’s violence, and unleashing military might against the jihadists is unlikely to solve the problem.”
That’s it folks: Radical Islam is not the problem; he Nigerian army can’t handle it; this is political economics at work…the Nigerian government should pretty much shutdown and surrender to the throat-slitting, chainsaw-wielding terrorists!
Boko Haram leader Abu Shekau really should put someone on his Thanksgiving card list this year. He couldn’t have found better apologists if he paid top dollar for this…
Islamic terrorists in Nigeria crossed a new line on Sunday. After carrying out hundreds of attacks in recent years on churches, schools, and Nigerian police and military targets, Boko Haram militants gunned down 44 worshipers inside a mosque in Borno state on Aug. 11. Twenty-six more worshipers were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
In conjunction with the massacre, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video announcing the group will target the United States, France, and other countries who do not abide by the teachings of the Quran.
Human rights attorney Emmanuel Ogebe told me it’s not the first time the group has called out the U.S. He said Boko Haram has complained about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and detentions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2003, it called itself the Nigerian Taliban because of American involvement in Afghanistan. “They’re very, very in tune to the U.S.,” Ogebe said.
Last year, Johnnie Carson, then the U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary of African affairs, insisted “religion is not driving extremist violence” in the country, but Shekau’s proclamation again demonstrates his group’s religious motivations.
“Until now, the U.S. has tried to portray the problem with Boko Haram as a domestic Nigerian issue,” said Katharine Gorka with the Westminster Institute, one of several nonprofit groups working to find solutions to the conflict in Nigeria. “There’s growing evidence that it’s international in scope. They have international ties and international ambitions.”
The State Department has refused to name Boko Haram—which means “Western education is sinful”—a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), despite calls from advocacy groups and lawmakers to do so. An FTO designation, which Great Britain issued last month, would impose travel restrictions, freeze financial assets, and allow tracking of arms and financing.
“It’s ironic the State Department is afraid to label Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization, but they are not afraid to call out the U.S. as a target,” Ogebe said.
Iranian and Hezbollah weapons have reportedly surfaced in Nigeria, and last week a report tied al-Qaeda to the oil-rich country. Three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast a conference call with some 20 top-level al-Qaeda operatives in various countries, including Nigeria, caused the recent string of 22 U.S. embassy closures.
Nigerian security forces announced on Tuesday they killed Mohammed Bama, Boko Haram’s second-in-command, but authorities in two states couldn’t agree on how or where the terrorist died—and no one has produced proof of his death.
Even before Sunday’s mosque attack, moderate Muslim youths began turning in militants to authorities—prompting about a dozen revenge killings. The grassroots resistance, while welcomed by Nigerian Christians, may be too little too late: Boko Haram claims it’s now stronger than the Nigerian military.
Last month, Ayo Oritsejafor, leader of Nigeria’s 80 million Christians, called America’s ambivalence a “stunning betrayal” of the largest U.S. trade partner in the region.
“We need you now,” he said. “We must rise as one and say, ‘No, never again.’”