Friday, November 20, 2015
BOKO HARAM DEADLIER THAN ISIS, YET THE WORLD IS INDIFFERENT?
Icheoku says a terrorist group has certainly earned its pips as an equal opportunity terror dispenser, very brutal and crazily ruthless in farming out terror, when it is considered more deadly than the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, the notorious ISIS. So if this affliction of Nigeria, particularly Nigeria's Northeast, is this toxic, why is it that the world has not since rushed to the aid of Nigeria to help it battle this group? Yet the whole world has been acting out ever since the Paris terror strike as if the French were the first people to be killed by terrorists? Icheoku asks are the over six thousand Nigerians so far laid waste by Boko Haram not human enough for the world to pay attention; or rather is it that their lives don't matter to the world, especially the Western world, to be considered worthy of avenging or to act to protect or preserve others before they are taken?
Every life should and do matter as no life should be discountenanced as being less important, regardless of the skin color bearing it. If the French 126 lost lives is attracting such global condemnation and heightened action by world powers, why then has the Nigerian 6,000 lost lives not attracting a commensurate attention and action? Is a French life of higher premium and value compared to that of a Nigerian such that it has to take the taking of a French life to awaken the world to the scourge of Islamic terrorism that is ravaging the world? But a world driven by greed, irrationality and racism, somehow have their own skewed, peculiar agenda and sets their priorities differently. They look the other way while Nigeria is being pummeled by these monsters from the pit of hell called Boko Haram while now rushing to the aid of just recently attacked France. Even then American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once dismissed concerns for Boko Haram as an ordinary protest being fueled by marginalization?
Nigeria based Boko Haram, according to Global Terrorism Index produced by Institute for Economic and Peace with data collated by National Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, has now overtaken ISIS as the World's Most Deadly Terrorist Organization. We all are aware of John Walsh's America Most Wanted television program and the effort which is always put together to have these wanted fugitives put behind bars as undesirables dregs of society. Query:- why is the world not looking seriously at helping tackle the meanest of all menace of terrors in Northeast Nigeria? Is it possibly, as suggested by one former United States official, that, that region of the world, the sub-Saharan black Africa, does not factor in America's and to a larger extent Western countries' geo-political interest? Should Nigerians then continue perishing as a result, a matter made worse by the same Western countries refusing to sell or supply arms to Nigeria with which to face down these beasts of Islam who are making life a living hell in Nigeria Northeast?
Boko Haram aka Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) has killed thousands of Nigerians, recording an alarming number of Nigerians dead of 6,644 just in 2014 alone. Meanwhile France just lost "only" 126 to ISIS attack in Paris while Russia lost 229 through a plane crash which ISIS bombed out of the sky over Sinai Egypt. That Boko Haram is fast spreading through Africa Lake Chad region with deadly presence in Chad, Niger and Cameroon; where they have carried out 46 strikes which took 520 lives in the same 2014, was still not enough to make the world declare a terrorism emergency in this part of the world and rush much needed help both in munition, weapons and manpower to help stop the bleeding therein. Then add the Fulani Militant terrorist group, rated number four deadliest terrorist group in the world according to the same index and you have a perfect storm of terror trying to wrestle Nigeria to its knees. According to the report, the "Fula People" (Fulani) nomadic pastoral ethnic terrorist group killed 1,229 Nigerians just in 2014 alone. It would appear that between the Fulanis and Boko Haram, they delineated their areas of terror, with Boko Haram operating in the North while Fulani nomads are operating in the Middle Belt as well as in Southern Nigeria.
Boko Haram taking a cue from their parent organization ISIS has mounted increased attacks recently following Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari boastful saying that Boko Haram is nearly defeated and on the run. They responded with several bombings including suicide bombings which have left over 100 Nigerians dead just within this last week alone. It will appear also that ISIS also responded to America's President Obama's claim that they have been weakened and cornered by striking Lebanon and Paris to say, sorry, we are still very much around and active and more deadly. Icheoku says may be the West and Nigeria should learn to stop saying anything about these animals and just go on silently decimating them until they turn tail or repent or are all killed and dead. That way they will not be reacting or responding to prove anything by killing us all. Icheoku calls on the world to please help Nigeria overcome the scourge of Boko Haram and treat every life including those Northeastern Nigerians as if they matter just like the French.