President Buhari in a handshake with German Chancellor Merkel

In case you are not convinced, here are a few other observations The 13,000 strong pride of nationalists brought persons previously not under the eagle-eye of the BFV into their fold. The BFV only finds them out when an act had been committed. Daniel Koehler records in research on ‘Recent trends in German right-wing violence’ that a 71-year old woman was convicted and given a nine-year sentence for two arson attacks committed in October 2016 and March 2017.

One of the attacks led to fatalities. Koehler writes that the BFV carried out an intelligence analysis on the background of 77 people who executed right-wing attacks. They discovered that the majority of the attacks were not done by those on their watch list. There were spontaneous acts of violence and intimidation sparked no doubt by the ‘climate of fear,’ created by those known 13,000. Your presence as a Nigerian in certain parts of Germany can spark a brain wave of murderous or threatening thoughts. Some of these persons that are unknown to the BFV have been found in the security fabric of the country.

In April and May 2017, two soldiers were arrested for planning attacks on high profile politicians who

are migrant friendly. Two names on the list prosecutors found are, Joachim Gauck, ex-President and Heiko Maas. On Friday, reports emerged that a right-wing group of 30 members, Nordkreuz, obtained a death list scrolled with names of left-wing politicians and pro-refugee targets from a police record. Then went about stockpiling arms, 200 body bags, and quicklime— to hasten decomposition. Nordkreuz has a neck and tie relationship with the German police and military. Intelligence sources went on to note that out of the 30 teammates of the right-wing terror cell, one was still employed in the special commando unit of the state office of criminal investigations. The group has been under observation by prosecutors since 2017. The raging radicalization in Germany though follows a straight causeway back to Merkel and the CDU’s determination to show the world that Germany is the fireplace for all in winter. Even historic war instigators, the USA, Russia, and the United Kingdom, did not take in as many refugees as Germany.

When the trains were offloading the brushwood on the rail tracks of Munich, log bearing nails and vipers were hidden among them. The German government did not sieve well. There were several attacks carried out by Islamic extremists. One which stood out though, was the rape, strangulation, and murder of Susanna Feldmann, by Ali Bashar, an asylum seeker from Northern Iraq. His application for citizenship had been rejected a year before the incident. Before killing 14-year old Susanna, Bashar successfully pushed and spat at a policewoman, rubbed a man at gunpoint and repeatedly raped an 11- year old girl without getting thrown into jail or deported. After the police identified him as the prime suspect, he was still able to procure papers, board a flight to Istanbul in Turkey and another to his family home in Iraq.

In 2018, Ashwaq, a Yazidi girl captured by Islamic State in 2013 and sold as a sex slave to Abu Humam, an IS fighter, found Humam again on the streets of Schwäbisch Gmünd in the Western German state of Baden-Württemberg. Ashwaq was brave enough to tell her story and run-off to a refugee camp in Northern Iraq after the police were unable to track down Humam. Other women who escaped a brutal life of raping and beating, found their captors among the refugees the CDU gave a new lease of life.

While a Nigerian Christian avoids Eastern Germany where foreigners are not wanted, tolerant Western Germany has the added spice of making you careful not to commit offences that make you a target of an Islamist extremist. So, where should a Nigerian not trod in Germany? Interestingly, this is not a ‘reconsider,’ ‘do not travel’ or ‘essential travel,’ advice. If it must be categorized, it would be in the level of ‘be aware,’ ‘for your information.’ It is not easy to die in Germany, as it is in Nigeria. The hatred towards Muslims, refugees, and Jews are not commensurate to the attacks. If you choose to live for any periods in the eastern states of Saxony— the birthplace of the Protestant church, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or Thuringia, your stay could be a regrettable one. In 2014, when the German gates of love to all refugees began to creak open, there were 990 right-wing attacks in Germany according to government figures. At the height of the migrant surge in 2015, the figure climbed to 1,408. In 2016, when Turkey came to

Germany’s rescue and took on incoming refugee traffic, the German Ministry of Interior reported that there were 3,533 attacks on migrants and asylum hostels. As a result of these attacks, 560 people were injured, including 43 children.

Refugee organizations and volunteers suffered 217 attacks in the same year. In 2016 as well, a commissioned report released a year later, said there were 23,500 right-wing crimes; half of them were in the states that made up the former territory of Eastern Germany. IN 2017, VBRG, a group that provides counselling to victims of right-wing attacks, say they recorded 1,123 of such in 2017. That figure increased to 1,212 in 2018. Their report includes Berlin as one of the cities with a prevalence of attacks against Migrants, Muslims, and Jews. Studies agree that you are at the danger of being intimidated anywhere in Germany but you should be especially conscious or avoid the territories that made up East Germany, including the eastern paths of Berlin. Saxony should be given a wide berth. If you like a bit of sport, you might want to dare.

Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose duty it is to tell you how to travel, where not to go and how to get you out of trouble like the USA does with its Smart Travel Enrolment Programme (STEP), have felt it immaterial to do so, we thought to let you know that even the safest countries harbor some cultural opposition to immigrants.

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