Boko Haram: A Way Out By Ken Mani

By Ken Mani

Those attributing the Boko Haram phenomenon to politics and economics are ignorant; they don’t know what they are talking about.  There is nothing political about Boko Haram whose sole mission is the use of violent means to Islamize Nigeria. It is fueled by frustrations that Nigeria's illegal membership of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) has not produced the desired result after many years. Adding to this frustration is the fact that the Sharia crusade of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States failed to record the anticipated success. The only political dimension to Boko Haram is the thinking that if Nigeria is completely Islamized, power will always reside with the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. And so, the chances of an "infidel" like Jonathan coming to power when Nigeria is under Islamic rule would never exist.

 Boko Haram is not a recent phenomenon in Northern Nigeria; it has always been there, vigorously pursuing the Islamization of Nigeria. The only new development is that they have upped the level of violence deployed to achieve their objectives. Their motivation for raising the level of violence is not related to domestic economic and political matters; rather, it is motivated by the recent and on-going escalation of world-wide Islamic terrorism. To buttress these facts, I would like to recount a personal experience. 

 

In 1980 I gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I arrived Zaria on a Saturday morning and met a friend who was already in his second year. My friend and I had gone to Zaria to continue our education after spending some time at the then College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. My friend received me warmly. 

 

After a quick bath, I went with him to the dining hall for breakfast. And after breakfast, I suggested that we go to the student buttery for a drink before I would retire to rest from my long rail trip from Port Harcourt. To my surprise, my friend told me that we couldn’t do so. He said that the kind of freedom we enjoyed at the College of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt was not available on the Kongo Campus of ABU because the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies was located there. He suggested that we go instead to Samaru or Sabon Gari for a drink, if we must.

 

 I could not believe what he was saying to me. I wondered if Ahmadu Bello University was not a Federal Government institution meant to accommodate all Nigerians irrespective of their belief and lifestyle. If it was, how come we were forced to live by the rules made by the so called Center for Islamic Legal Studies, which was nothing more than a department in the faculty of law? If they wanted total control of their environment, why didn’t they build a wholly owned Islamic Center outside the University? That experience made it clear to me early on that Islam is intolerant, does not respect the legitimate rights of others, and has no sense of accommodation and justice. It was very clear to me that Ahmadu Bello University had been completely Islamized despite the fact that it was a Federal Government University.  I later discovered that everything in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States of the North was Islamized or was on its way to being Islamized, contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution. Any attempt to resist, or insist on constitutionally guaranteed rights, or step outside the lines drawn by the Islamists was always met with violence and death. We found ourselves helpless, particularly as the Federal Government agencies turned a blind eye to whatever the Islamists did to us. It is this unconstitutional Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani states which has been going on for a long time in complete violation of the Nigerian constitution and which, regrettably, had been ignored by the Federal Government and the other constituent states of Nigeria, that has metamorphosed into the phenomenon now known as Boko Haram.

 

 The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are the proud and arrogant sponsors of Boko Haram. Military onslaught against Boko Haram must be seen as a temporary measure to buy time, slow down things and minimize the destructions and deaths occasioned by their attacks. The real solution to Boko Haram lies in a complete political renegotiation of the Nigeria Project. The Muslim Hausa-Fulani will not accept anything less than a completely Islamized northern region. The renegotiation of the Nigeria Project will have to focus, among other things, on how the Islamized Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani states will relate to the rest of Nigeria within a mutually agreed constitutional framework. We must begin this long but now obviously necessary journey to a peaceful resolution now. The National Assembly with the support of the Presidency must convene a special session, just as they did on the fuel subsidy crisis, to signal the start of talks. It is my view that once genuine, and not divisive, talks centered specifically on Boko Haram are started at the National Assembly, we will witness a huge decline in their attacks.

 

PS.  WARNING : Boko Haram will persist even unto unimaginably disastrous consequences unless our National Assembly kick start genuine talks without further delay. Time has almost run out and the Northern leaders that have been managing the Boko Haram pressure up till now are becoming irrelevant to the movement.  Even though some persons might disagree with the strategies that the Northern leaders had deployed all along to contain the Boko Haram pressure, the truth is that they have done all they can. What do I mean by Boko Haram pressure? Boko Haram pressure is the tension that exists between the Nigerian Constitution and Islam. It was pressure from Boko Haram that led Babangida to illegally enlist Nigeria into the OIC.  The OIC charter specifically insists that the Presidency and key top government positions of member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Regrettably, this has not always been the case in Nigeria due mainly to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution. It was also Boko Haram pressure that forced Northern governors to embark on the Sharia crusade, but not much success was achieved to the disappointment of the Islamists. The minimal success that the Sharia crusade achieved can be traced to the operation of provisions of the Nigerian constitution. These failures, disappointments and related events worldwide led to the thinking that violence and terrorism might succeed where other efforts have failed.

 

 With the advent of Boko Haram, a new leadership is now emerging from the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani states. If this new leadership is left unchecked, it will eventually force the violent overthrow of the present leadership of the Muslim north with very serious consequences for the entire country. I repeat, the only way out of this violent scenario and to ensure that the new emerging leadership does not cause Nigeria even more terrible consequences is for the National Assembly to declare a special session for genuine talks that will lead to a renegotiated and mutually agreed constitutional framework acceptable to all the contending forces and interest groups in the country. Given the issues and likely outcomes of such talks, it is my considered opinion that only a National Assembly special session, and not any containment strategies by the Presidency, represents the best platform for genuine dialogue.

 

 

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Clearly Ken touched open

Clearly Ken touched open nerves. These are things we know from time immemorial, unless you are not a northerner. Those attributing the BH to this govt or the PDP are uncshooled in the issues of Islam and nigeria. They have always shown the attitude of domination in various ways. Check appointments to Norhern institutions, the VC ship of ABU, former Bank of the North, NNDC etc. Although less educated than the smaller tribes they have always dominated top appointments.

BH is an islamization effort no doubt. Recall there long and real name. The BH name is the political appearance of its religious form. The religion does not persuade, it coerces. Those who are in it cannot ask questions nor can they think independently thus the group behavior. This is more out of fear than understanding.

Islamisation Project 2

The only thing I disagree with Ken about is the idea of negotiating a new constitution with them. Muslims have no respect for constitution or any form of agreement with non-Muslims as Ken witnessed when he went to study at ABU. They only bid their time and wait for another opportunity to unleach terror.

Major Gideon Okar & Co are damn right. Excision or division is the ONLY solution to the Nigerian problem. The only negotiation should be on the border between the two countries

Islamisation Project

"Do you think Nigeria should become a sharia state? " Yerima was asked in the YouTube link below

Watch his answer. Yerima is not alone. All their leaders think the same way, from Ahmadu Bello to the present leaders. Yes, even the followers such as violent BH and the BH commentators in this forum.

Like his "prophet" Yerima is an absolutely corrupt public thief and pedophile whose hands remain in tack while the hands of the poor are cut ... Ken Mani IS MERELY STATING THE OBVIOUS. BH terrorist commentators here are doing what Moslems do best - "taquiya"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fbXvq_ZIbw

@ nagodi saad : Well Put, no mind dem!

@ nagodi saad,

Truth is, this senseless administration uses diversionary tactics to divide the populace on scandalous issues while avoiding relevant, more embarassing toipcs like the raging subsidy scam. Since they know BH sponsors and their PDP connivers, why hasn't anyone been arrested, prosecuted or jailed since these bombings started. Henry Okah is revealing a lot in South Africa and this clown comes here to divert our attention from "The Affidavit". I'm sure SR cannot publish that deposition due to "gag order"! Dumbo is dishonest and does not want the BH mayhem stopped bcos it provides him with a fake cover that Northerners are against his govt. He's against any resolution to the carnage. Good question: "how many targets in the South have the BH hit?"

Ken Mani is a goon working for some thugs, I've read thru most of his bigoted comments dismissively. Dumbo is a Southerner afterall, Ken Mani should ask him to call for SNC or share Naija, it's that simple!

Thank you, Thank you Thank you. Well Said!!!

The truth is always very bitter to swallow. Watch out and see how the Hausa Fulanis will react to this article. Majority of them here bear the name Anonymous, as everything about them is shrouded in secrecy.

RE- BOKO HARAM a way out

this article is very correct let us call a spade a spade. the die hard muslims in the north still see Jonathan or any southerner as unfit to rule this OUR nation.
we are all awake and waiting very eagerly for the END of boko haram issue which clearly did not begin today.
i believe very strongly that until those islamic extremist repent and see other Nigerians as humans, it is the exact time to redifine our relationship. period.

division!

Point blank! There are no two solutions to this northern menace than a DIVISION. I don't and I guess most southerners are sick and tired of all the problems islam and the north are causing us. When will some individauls or groups from the south finally wake up and arrest the situation and safe us from perishing with those northern bonobos? When for crying out loud?

Ken Mani in his comments on

Ken Mani in his comments on issues has always shown his bigotry. Okah has already said GEJ is the one bombing Nigeria. This confirms what the NSA said that Boko haram is a PDP creation. Why then are you trying to pretend?

You must be Reuben Abati trying to cause confusion.

Go feed your peanuts to the monkeys.

Intelligent Nigerians are not interested

speak out

Am happy atleast somebody is talking, my problem with the Christians in nigeria is that they all know the truth, but they are scared to say it, it is very obvious and glaring, the hausa fulani wants Nigeria, and religion is the tool to get it. Please stop accusing the president, he is trying his best.

RE: KEN YOU ARE THE IGNORANT ONE

If indeed boko haram is not religiously motivated, then the members are well known, worship in the same mosques with YOU, why not bring them out or make them change their ways? Why were the muslim leaders who were supposed to lead negotiations in such a hurry to back out if there is no hidden agenda? You can deceive yourself, but not those of us who have been victims for too long!!!
We all know the truth, and you people will eventually be consumed by this same evil you all so brazenly support, when they run out of churches and southern targets. Somalia and Afghanistan is starring the north in the face. Young people in the north should open their eyes and minds and save their region from the blind old fools leading them to damnation otherwise..........AREWASTAN will be their case.

RE: KEN YOU ARE THE IGNORANT ONE

Saad, nobody expects that anybody from the north aware or unaware of the islamization agenda will admit the truth, or look dispasionately at the facts so the issues can be addressed. You have shown it here again. Is the OIC an organization for Secular states? Should Nigeria have parallel constitutions? The one forced by your departing military brothers and the sharia one sneaked in through the backyard?
Should a section of the country continue to be targeted for anihilation without provocation and nobody in well over 50years of continued mass murder be punished?
Was boko haram attacked and their leader killed by govt security forces because they were law abiding? Why should chritians be denied a place to build a chapel in BUK, a federal university, funded by funds from a secular state? Is there any place in the south that muslims have been denied a place to build a mosque?

BH will end the day Buhari is made presido-to Islamise us!

Excellent article! BH has nothing to do with hausas, Tiv or any tribal group in the north and does not represent the entire North. Its a body created to champion the Fulani hegemonic control over states in the North. Tukur, Sanusi and Tambuwal are Fulanis. So how do you expect BH to end their evil activities when they see their tribes men in Gov not doing enough to stop them? BH was created in 1995, has followers who are largely illiterate fulani youths and hausas who are engaged in petty trading or had dropped out of school, from countries in the West afrcian sub region. And part of the al Shabaab Moslem Movement which obtains funds fron Saudi Arabia&Kuwait. Any 9ja who has lived and worked in the Middle East, knows that the first question you are asked when you introduce yourself as a 9ja, is whether 9ja is an Islamic nation. Sadly for us, ambassadors posted to these nations obtain free loans for their states, by creating the impression that 9ja is 99 percent Moslem.

I agreed with ur opinion

I agreed with ur opinion since d not wand 2 take control of their states and institute their legal system, they should be allow 2 do and other in d south east, west and south b allow 2 do same. This means each state should b allow 2 control d affairs within its jurisdiction. These include d law that operates within d state, d resources, etc and any state that want to kill d visitors and destroy their property within their state just as is now in some of the states in the north. By this i mean federal government should allow true federal system of govt where each state is allow to make some laws that govern her affairs. Lets see how some state would generate money to finance terrorists.

@Saad nagodi were innocent ppl not killed in Ogoni& Odi in ND?

Excellent article! BH has nothing to do with hausas, Tiv or any tribal group in the north and does not represent the entire North. Its a body created to champion the Fulani hegemonic control over states in the North. Tukur, Sanusi and Tambuwal are Fulanis. So how do you expect BH to end their evil activities when they see their tribes men in Gov not doing enough to stop them? BH was created in 1995, has followers who are largely illiterate fulani youths and hausas who are engaged in petty trading or had dropped out of school, from countries in the West afrcian sub region. And part of the al Shabaab Moslem Movement which obtains funds fron Saudi Arabia&Kuwait. Any 9ja who has lived and worked in the Middle East, knows that the first question you are asked when you introduce yourself as a 9ja, is whether 9ja is an Islamic nation. Sadly for us, ambassadors posted to these nations obtain free loans for their states, by creating the impression that 9ja is 99 percent Moslem.

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boko haram is about the fulani hegemony period-leave hausa out

I have no doubt in my mind that these terrible murders were committed by Boko Haram. The game is over for Buhari and the bastards in BH. Aware their evil plan is to make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan. Under such a situation, the government would lose control of all the apparatuses of governance and, consequently, lose its claim to being a government. Then have the army take over power as Buhari did to Shagari. Since its the duty of government to ensure law and order, a government which is incapable of guaranteeing this basic ingredient will be deemed to have failed. It would therefore make sense, under such a circumstance, to say that Boko Haram is driving Jonathan to the precipice. In accordance with the agenda of Arewa and Ciromas danfodio. That is what Buhari and BH have been yearning for all this while. Its a huge failure on the part of the sultans and emirs not to assist in identifying these murderers because they desire power to shift to buhari by force. Nat Confab biko

Boko haram a political tool created by buhari to snatch power

I have no doubt in my mind that these terrible murders were committed by Boko Haram. The game is over for Buhari and the bastards in BH. Aware their evil plan is to make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan. Under such a situation, the government would lose control of all the apparatuses of governance and, consequently, lose its claim to being a government. Then have the army take over power as Buhari did to Shagari. Since its the duty of government to ensure law and order, a government which is incapable of guaranteeing this basic ingredient will be deemed to have failed. It would therefore make sense, under such a circumstance, to say that Boko Haram is driving Jonathan to the precipice. In accordance with the agenda of Arewa and Ciromas danfodio. That is what Buhari and BH have been yearning for all this while. Its a huge failure on the part of the sultans and emirs not to assist in identifying these murderers because they desire power to shift to buhari by force. Nat Confab biko

Religious Bigot

What a waste of space. Well, the recent attacks in Yobe just sentenced this entire write-up to the dustbin. So all this hate spewing from your hateful mind to your keyboard is just because you were not allowed to drink beer on campus? There is absolutely NO way for a christian to justify drinking alcoholic beverages. The Scriptures found in Proverbs 23:29-35 clearly warn everyone (Christian or non-Christian) to abstain from the DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE OF ALCOHOL. " Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. " Did you read that?...LOOK NOT! God is telling u NOT to drink intoxicating wine, not even to"look" at it (i.e., consider drinking it)! For the wise Christian, drinking alcohol is NOT even an option. If alcohol is your problem with islam i suggest you stop calling yourself christian as well.

@Nagodi

You will need to go back to school of your choice to understand English. Reread what Ken wrote on the suggested place to go by his friend. Ken, thanks for your article.

NOT WHEN OUR LEADERS ARE STILL IN DENIAL.

Mr Mani,I endorse the conclusions from your write-up.The need to work out an arrangement to accomodate two different legal systems interpreting one constitution coupled with the reality that Islam is a way of life,hence Islamic law is bound to disrupt the life of a non-conformer sharing the same environment with moslems like you experienced at ABU.Our leaders are still in self deciet,they travel the world and lie that the Boko-haram insurgence has nothing to do with religion.
This is simple,these people are moslems who need more religious freedom,they need to live according to the dictates of thier religion and honestly this is a legitimate request as long as it does not affect the life of the non-moslem in any way.So why dont we sit down and discuss the issue at stake and stop the senseless killings of innocent Nigerians by terrorists,why dont the AREWA north and other regions have more autonomy,a real confederacy is the answer,distance breeds respect.

Ken, You are a totally

Ken,

You are a totally ignorant person & full of bias. Rid your mind of this bias & ignorance, hopefully you might see beyond your nose.

That boko Haram was existing since.

Pls my friend are you sure you graduated from A'B U ? So in your religion drinking alcohol is allowed. Just of recent Okah releasis that Jonathan is behind the 1st october bombing which means he is amongs the founders of the said sect.

THE TRUTH CAN SET NIGERIA FREE......CONTD

I also fear the national assembly does not have the guts to carry out this task faily, because right from Tafawa Balewa, through, Gowon, Babangida and Abacha, the structure has become lopsided, so the national assembly is not in anyway representative of the real entity called Nigeria. The outcome from there, will be a waste. That is why we keep up on calling for a SNC.

THE TRUTH ALONE CAN SET NIGERIA FREE

Ken, God bless you!!! I sense you are not a politician, because politicians know the truth, but would rather be politcally correct in their public presentations even at the expense of the lives of countless innocent Nigerians.This article tells the real truth, of the Nigerian situation and the boko haram insurgence. I lived in Maiduguri, Kaduna and Kano. I have seen these people and related with them at all levels, Ken has told the truth the way I have experienced it.There is no hope in sight without a re negotiation of the relationship between the units that make up Nigeria, if the country is to remain one. The alternative is to give in to the complete Islamization of Nigeria, or its complete breakup!!!

KEN YOU ARE THE IGNORANT ONE

ISLAMIZATION OF SOME PARTS OF THE NORTH, YES. ALL OF NIGERIA, NO. ITS ARRANT NONSENSE TO SAY FOR EXAMPLE THAT THERE IS ANY POLITICAL OR MILITARY PERMUTATIONS INSTIGATED BY ANY MUSLIM ANYWHERE IN NIGERIA TO ISLAMISE SAY, KADUNA STATE OR PLATEAU STATE, LET ALONE THE WHOLE OF NIGERIA. STICK TO YOUR AGENDA, THE SNC, AND PROMOTE IT THROUGH PERSUATION NOT SCARE TACTICS. I AM TIRED OF HEARING SOUTHERN CERTIFICATE HOLDERS POSTULATE NONSENSE AND PEDDLE IT AS FACT. YOU EVEN HAVE THE DECEPTIVE SUBTLETY TO RECALL YOUR DAYS BACK IN ZARIA AS IF YOU ARE UNAWARE OF THE CHURCHES, BEER PALOURS AND BROTHELS JUST ACROSS THE STREET IN SAMARU. AN INSTITUTION HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE ITS OWN RULES AND IF ABU DOES NOT WANT BROTHELS AND BEER PALOURS ON CAMPUS SO BE IT. IF ISLAMIZATION OF NIGERIA IS THE AGENDA WHY IS BOKO HARAM ATTACKING ONLY THE NORTH? BOKO HARAM IS AN INDIGINOUS GROUP OF YOUNG MEN COMMITTED TO THEIR CAUSE, HOWEVER WE SEE IT. THEY WERE ATTACKED AND KILLED BY A GOVT THAT RESPECT NO LAW.