Many tweeps, including foreigners have likened the insecurity and situation in the Northern part of Nigeria to that of Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters had on Sunday invaded Kabul, Afghan capital, after being ousted from power in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.
The insurgent movement besieged the outskirts of Kabul, firing shots sporadically while citizens and foreigners were seen escaping the city.
In 2001, US-led forces removed the Talibans from power, but the group has returned, taking over the central government.
Given the insurgents’ treatment of women historically, there have been fears for their safety under the Taliban’s new regime.
Under the Taliban, women and girls were denied a whole range of human rights, including the rights to education, health, free movement, and political and social participation, Amnesty International said in a November 2020 report.
It added that since the Taliban regime ended in 2003, important strides have been made on women’s rights with 3.3 million girls now in education.
It aded that the strides could be eroded with the shift in power in the country as Afghan women have become lawyers, doctors, judges, teachers, engineers, athletes, activists, politicians, journalists, bureaucrats, business owners, police officers, and members of the military.
Most Nigerians on Twitter have expressed fear that what happened in the Asian country might happen in Northern Nigeria if the government refuses to act fast.
They claimed that Taliban’s ideology is already pervading and permeating deep into the region, adding that weapons seized by the group may soon find their way to Northern Nigeria.
Northern Nigeria has also been the epicentre of an insurgency war between military forces and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
Also, despite condemnations from Nigerians, the Hisbah group, also known as Islamic police, has continued its push for the Islamic agenda in the North.
The agency, established to enforce Sharia law in some states in the region, recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenents of Islam.
In Kano, they have asked that only headless mannequins must be used to advertise clothing.
The Islamic police also want the headless mannequins covered at all times because to show "the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia [Islamic law]".
A barber and his customers were also arrested recently for giving and having haircuts that were considered by Hisbah as offensive to Islam.
They are also notorious for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.
In March, Hisbah operatives arrested two men said to have sent pornographic materials to a married woman.
The suspects were traced and arrested after the woman complained to the board.
3. Taliban ideology is already pervading & permeating deep into Nigeria Northern fringes.— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) August 16, 2021
Quarters sympathetic to bandits, Boko Haram/ISWAP, will be jubilant & inspired over Taliban victory.
We wonât see the immediate effects of this until the dust settles. It may not end well.
To my friends in Nigeria. I've visited your beautiful country several times. What is happening in Northern Nigeria is so sad, alarming. It is like Afghanistan. Same cruel extremist militant fanatical terrorists, the Boko Haram— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) August 17, 2021
I stand with you and hope you prevail. https://t.co/ccx7DMivtq pic.twitter.com/XH1lezPkuP
Everything mentioned in this thread is existing in northeast Nigeria. They have the Masdara school and many more. Northern Nigeria is a time bomb waiting to explode.— 9kobo (@_9kobo) August 17, 2021
Taliban is reminding us what will happen to Northern Nigeria if they continue sympathising with Islamic terrorists and spreading of extremism.— Nze (@nzekiev) August 14, 2021
All I know and very sure of is that their madness will end in the North because we in the East will surely resist them.
As the world's attention is focused on Afghanistan and what may happen to girls' education, children are still being abducted at an astonishing rate from schools in northern #Nigeria...— Joe Parkinson (@JoeWSJ) August 17, 2021
More than 1100 kidnapped from their school since December. https://t.co/tTNIEQtv0g
What's happening in Afghanistan is what the majority of her citizens want. Why Taliban took power without a single bullet being dispensed. So is northern Nigeria. The people desire extremist Islam, and Sharia jurisprudence. Afghanistan is the distant cousin of northern Nigeria.— Olaudah EquianoÂ® (@RealOlaudah) August 17, 2021
Anyone who believes that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will have no impact on politics in Northern Nigeria, is either extremely naÃ¯ve, or in denial.— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) August 16, 2021