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Boko Haram: a sect alone?

August 4, 2009

****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ******The Boko Haram sect surprised many in Nigeria and elsewhere with the violence of their uprising last week.******Before Boko Haram was suppressed by the security forces at the cost of nearly 800 lives, we learned that the group’s name means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language used in northern Nigeria.******We also learned that the sect’s charismatic leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was, before he was killed while in police detention, opposed to all things Western.******Which prompts two thoughts. The first is that the anti-education message may not have much traction in Nigeria, a country whose inhabitants are determined to get ahead and secure the best education for their children. In many cases that will be either in the West or in Nigerian schools offering a Western-style curriculum.******During the years I spent in the country, staff working for me were always concerned about being able to raise enough money for their children’s school uniforms and books.******And the second thought: Yusuf’s opposition to the modern world seems to have had its limits. When the violence erupted in Maiduguri, he was seen riding in a Toyota car, dressed in military-style fatigues and accompanied by men carrying Russian-designed assault rifles.


That man Mohammed Yusuf and his Boko Haram radicals were just a bundle of trouble makers who just committed suicide for good. They are not muslim because true muslims can’t do what they did.It is only regrettable that he took alot of innocent souls with him.


I am from Northern Nigeria and just to point that your header is misleading. No one in Nigeria is suprised about the Boko Haram. They have been in existence in one form or another since the 1970s and killing each since thenCeme

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West are culprits in the blood of any southerner that was shared in the northern Nigeria. Edward Heat, Alexie Kosygn and Harold Wilson lived in Nigeria to make sure that the southern Nigeria did not seceed from Nigeria after taking a large bribe from Islamic world. Thank God Britain is under the Islamic dagger. Londonistan where the queen is ready to wear bukka and cover her face no stopping that.


with no intention to support this fanatic group, it is important not avoid confusion and racist views on Africa, like the ones carred on in this note. The fact thant Boko Haram does not want western education for Nigerians does not mean that they despise education. Education is not synonymous of western education. And the fact that as a fighting group leader the so called Yusuf rides in a Toyota car, or was dressed in military-style fatigues and accompanied by men carrying Russian-designed assault rifles. has nothing to do with education. And this is irrespective of the criminal and fanatic nature of the BOKO Haram.


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