Johnnie Carson, the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of African Affairs, in his remarks on Nigeria, claimed bizarrely, that despite a campaign of violence focused heavily around attacks on churches, “Religion is not driving extremist violence in either Jos or Northern Nigeria” and warned the Nigerian government to “avoid excessive violence”.
That same month, Don Yamamoto, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs, testifying at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and reading from the same script, said that, “Religion is not the primary driver of extremist violence in Nigeria”, like Carson, claimed that Nigeria’s “religious and ethnic diversity is one of its greatest strengths” and demanded that the Nigerian government spend more time teaching its security forces to respect Muslim human rights.
The claim put out by the State Department and the media that Boko Haram is not a true terrorist group, but only a handful of rogue elements, has never been particularly credible. Boko Haram’s attacks are effective and lethal; the execution is more in line with Al-Qaeda and Hamas, than with a motley bunch of thugs. Former members of Boko Haram have described following the usual Jihadist trail of Muslim countries and training camps. And some have implicated high ranking Muslim officials in Nigeria as the force behind the genocidal campaign.
The name of General Muhammadu Buhari, who took over Nigerian in a military coup in the 1980’s is the one that comes up most often. Buhari, who lost the last election after calling for Sharia law, has warned that if he is not allowed to win in 2015, “By Allah, the dog and the baboon will be soaked in blood.”
Last time around, Buhari’s supporters had targeted Christians for bloody retribution, blaming them for the failure of Muhammadu Buhari to win over the Christian majority. During those bloody days, 350 churches were destroyed by Buhari’s Muslim gangs. Boko Haram’s attacks on churches are a more strategic and covert version of the attacks that had been carried out by Buhari’s Muslim supporters.
Sani Haliru, a former Boko Haram member, has claimed that top Nigerian Muslim leaders, including General Buhari, and General Ibrahim Babangida, his Muslim successor, are behind the genocidal campaign. While there is no definitive evidence of this yet, it is clear that some Muslim leaders have extensive contacts with Boko Haram leaders. Others like Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso have given amnesty to Boko Haram terrorists. Some like Governor Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi have issued their own murderous fatwas in the name of Islam.
The Obama Administration and Boko Haram appear to share the same goal of undermining the Nigerian government in order to replace it with a Muslim dictatorship that will operate under Islamic law. While the Muslim north massacres and terrorizes its way to power, the Obama Administration cover-ups their atrocities and pressures the freely elected Nigerian government into making concessions to the genocidal foot soldiers of an Islamic dictatorship.
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