Beyond the Nigerian Terrorist Bomber

When you strip Nigeria of all its borrowed and illusive attires, what will be left is a wretched half-child-half-man nation on the verge of implosion. Nigerians and the rest of the world are beginning to ask themselves serious questions in the wake of a Nigerian man’s attempt at bombing an American airline over Detroit on Christmas day.

Nigerians, for so long in denial about the dangers of their floundering country, are beginning to rethink. Whether Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was a crazy young man or the first Nigerian to be named a member of an international Islamic fundamentalist group, Nigerians are sure that nothing will remain the same.
 
As far back as June 1, 1969, the then Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu stated in his Ahiara Declaration that,
 
“The Federation of Nigeria is today as corrupt, as unprogressive and as oppressive and irreformable as the Ottoman Empire was in Eastern Europe over a century ago. And in contrast, the Nigerian Federation in the form it was constituted by the British cannot by any stretch of imagination be considered an African necessity. Yet we are being forced to sacrifice our very existence as a people to the integrity of that ramshackle creation that has no justification either in history or in the freely expressed wishes of the people.”
 
For those who have the eyes to see, Nigeria remains that eye-sore of the African continent. It is also the open-sore of the wider Black world. That it is irreformable is proven day after day since Britain granted it independence on October 1, 1960. Unfortunately, signs of that have been under the radar for many observers.
 
That the son of a former top Nigerian bank manager, who schooled at a top London University, tried to set a bomb inside an American airplane over Detroit, is all that is needed to refocus the attention of the world to Nigeria.
 
Since independence, Nigeria has had a civil war in which 3 million people died, mostly Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. In the four decades since the Biafran-Nigerian war, there had been perennial massacres of people of Southern Nigeria in the North. Over 40 incidents had happened, some small, some large. Meanwhile, nobody had ever been arrested, persecuted or jailed for any of the killings. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab will experience a different kind of justice in America.
 
In Nigeria, the Christian –Muslim conflicts often get a political disguise. Until recently, the Muslims of Northern Nigeria seemed more satisfied exerting their blow on Christians on the cloak of political reasons, be it in Jos in 1945, Kano in 1957, all of northern Nigeria in 1966, Kano in 1980, Maiduguri in 1982, Jimeta in 1984, Gombe in 1985, Kaduna & Kafanchan in 1991, Bauchi, Kastina, & Kano in 1991, Zango-Kataf in 1992, Funtua in 1993, Kano in 1994, Kano riot in 2000, Kaduna Sharia riot 2001, Jos 2004, Kano 2004, Kano 2007, Maiduguri 2009.
 
A careful look at the nature of the massacres, the choice of targets and the motivations behind them show the Islamist elements that desire to establish a pure form of an Islamic North that will not be adulterated by infidels. Within this period, the Muslims sporadically made it clear as when in December 1994 they captured and murdered Christian trader, Gideon Akaluka, who was under police protection. He was accused of tearing pages of the Koran in the northern city of Kano. Muslim group beheaded him and hoisted his head on a pike and paraded through the streets of Kano.  On December 12, 2001, a Nigerian Christian truck driver, Saint Moritz, reversing his truck in Kano accidentally ran into an area occupied by Koranic study group. As students fled, one dropped his Koran. The truck trampled on a copy of the Koran. Muslim groups pursued the man into a police station, overpowered the few cops on post and killed him.
 
In 1999, the first predominately Northern Muslims state of Zamfara came out to declare its desire to have Sharia law fully observed. On January 10, 2001, while the rest of the world watched the Luna eclipse, hundreds of Muslim youths went on rampage in the northern city of Maiduguri. The youths blamed the eclipse on sinful activities committed in the city by Christians. They attacked hotels, bars, brothels, churches, burning and killing, screaming: “God is great!” “We want Sharia.” On October 15, 2001, as America began air strike against Afghanistan, riots broke out in northern Nigerian city of Kano against the air strike. Hundreds of non-Muslims were killed by mobs carrying the picture of Osama bin Laden. To date, thirteen states of the North have declared Sharia law. Since then, over 10,000 people have been killed in religious conflicts.
 
There is an ongoing war in the oil-rich Niger-delta area of southern Nigeria that influences the price of crude oil worldwide. In the Niger-delta area oil firms are polluting the waters of rural dwellers and armed youths of the area are fighting back, kidnapping expatriates and bombing flow stations and oil pipelines.
 
The Islamists in the North have made no qualms about their worldview that excludes the rest of the people of Nigeria. When they kill Christian Nigerians, as they always do, the rest of Nigeria make up excuses for them. Hardly were such incidents classified as terrorism, which is what they are. Before Osama bin Laden, there was Mohammed Maitatsine in Kano State of Nigeria who championed the elimination of non-Muslims in the north.
 
Meanwhile, what many people remember about Nigeria is the scourge of fraudulent proposals for fortunes unearned that flood emails and faxes across the world. It had since been seen as a minor irritation. Few people see it as a symptom of a deeper ailment. The Christmas Day bombing attempt has changed that. The tragedy of Nigeria is shaping up to be the tragedy of the world.
 
Currently, the Nigerian president has been on his sick bed in far away Saudi Arabia for over a month. He did not hand over power to his vice president because the man is from the south and as such is seen as a second class citizen by some Islamists in the North. So, for a month, the country has no leader. In his absence, politicians plunder the country’s treasury with increased impunity.
 
If Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia taught the world anything, it is that the world cannot sit back and watch a corrupt and unprogressive ‘ramshackle creation’ like Nigeria as it rots. It will eventually export its evil. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab has finally exported the evil of Northern Islamist fundamentalism. This is just the beginning.
 
For the Nigerians, the time has come when they will stop sacrificing “their very existence as a people to the integrity of that ramshackle creation that has no justification either in history or in the freely expressed wishes of the people.”

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The illegible, and nonsensical opinions is such a bit.

If you write a comment, please spell, punctuate and construct your sentences correctly. To my mind there is nothing worse than to read garbled, illegible, and nonsensical opinions. It is disheartening that we cannot even write to each other properly.

ISLAM AS IT IS BEING PRACTICED IN NIGERIA IS VIOLENT.AS A MUSLIM, AND A NIGERIAN I FIND IT APPALLING THE EXREME NATURE OF THE NORTHERN ISLAMS, AND I HAVE COME TO THE OONCLUSION THAT ISLAM FAITH IN THE PRESENT FORM IS A VIOLENT RELIGION. THERE IS NO JUSTIFCATION IN ONE RELIGION KILLING ANOTHER PERSON OF AN OPPOSITE RELIGION, NO REASON WHATSOEVER.TO THOSE SO CALL MUSLIMS WHO BELIEVE IN THE SO CALL PARADISE, I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU, THERE IS NO PARADISE FOR ANY AND ALL EXTREMISTS.LASTLY,THE NORTHERN MUSLIMS,AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF ISLAM,WILL NEVER SEE THE KINGDOM OF ALLAH.

i believe if you have the time to write on this site then you have something to say so why not do it in a way it will have a significant and positive effect? we have problems everyone agrees...but do we have to make it worse by raining unecessary insults on people and religion?

i find it appaling that an individual will be so disrespectful and intolerant to an extent that he will make statements so unimaginable about another persons religion. the muslims believe in isa(alaihisalam) the son of mary and as far as i know, he is refered to as jesus in christianity, so no Muslim of real faith and understanding will ever make offensive remarks about jesus. please correct me if am wrong but it is widely believed that no Christian is holier than the pope... so i put it to you that even the pope himself will not approve the kind of comments people make about islam on this site.why is it that people cannot make meaningful and positive statements about the issues we have(even religious issues) without unecessary abuses and insults?

i have a friend called chukudi(godbless)..we have been friends since primary school. he grew up in the north.i still consider him to be a very good friend,despite d fact that we are grown and very far apart.as far as we are concerned we still dont think of each other as enemies or non-equals. we respect one another.i respect Christianity(his religion) and as far as i can tell he respects Islam(my religion) we are of diffrent faiths and beliefs but it never stoped us from being friends. call me naive but i believe that we (nigerians) as a people can live, work and prosper together.

I think we should assist the Muslims as a whole not only in northern Nigeria, because these people have been brainwashed so much, and as a result they all reason the same way, imagine your self fighting for your God?, maybe the God is handicapped. well, mine fights for me and i am proud that.

A people who feel that they can die and go to heaven to marry 70 or more virgins(angels) after they have killed lots of innocent people created by the same God they worship. you know, one just wonder how horrible the so called heaven will feel like, imagine living with osama bin ladin and his co world trade center bombers alongside all the terrorist worldwide since they are all heading to heaven-like orgy some day.

i am sorry but simply put islam is = scam.

Mumuttalabs.

lappi and micheal ojere u people are stupid. y say its only muslims n d northerners r d problem of this country. watch ur tongues. bastards

Umar Faroukmutallab is not a terrorist he mislead by the American terrorist. i have a question to ask. what is terrorism and who is terror. Umar farouk mutallab should non to be disown as madam rebranding trying to disown a Nigeria. What ever is the case nigerian government should forgive him he is one of us we love him as the citizen of the country.

Karem as you write on 28 of december as you are saying there is more terror in the north, let me tell the public your are agreat lier and carry go with your stupid words you the southerners are the security threats to the entire nation becouse you killed thousand of innocent lives in the niger delta region, And tastly you have to mind your words... Crezy

I wanted to execute a finite assessment of the article and the responses therein but i think i'll have to refrain. This is not an avenue for intellectual discourse and insight. Instead it is an arena for vagabonds to air their deliberate illiterate views and to display their inherent corrupt moral predispositions. The likes of WhatNotNow are allowed to participate? His comments illustrate how closer to the lower species of the lower animals he is than to a rational human being. So whats next? Should i go and summon the mad man a few blocks away from where i stay to air his views too? Because thats what not just WhatNotNow but infcact the author are, Mad men... in fact i've lost interest in this site!

Never knew we stil had Animals like the author n WHY NOT NOW in Nigeria. They both seemed clearly 2 b frustrated mayb by poverty,illiteracy or ignorance that they started barking lyk dogs with Rabis. Let me see which 1 of U fools n intelectual slaves cn divide Nigeria. Neva knew Islam n d North were spikes in d hearts of U Idiots. Do ur worst n Islam & d North wil cntinue 2 stand firm. No religion/tribe is perfect dats why we hav Armd Robbers, 419ers,drunkards,prostitutes n even ritualists in Christianity. As for 'WHY NOT NOW' pls confam 2 me that ur coments n language herein make U a good ambasador of Christianity n wateva tribe u belong to. SR, u r a disgrace n failure based on dis single article. Pls define ur Mision n Vision.

TO TAIWO O:
Hi Mr. 'Quoter'. Those verses and narrations you have quoted here are what makes ignorant muslims decide to blow themselves up in the name of 'righteousness'.
For the fact that muslims have been instructed at certain times about disbelievers and Hypocrites (who are enemies of Islam) and reference is made in the Qur'an/narrations as regards this does not mean anyone can act on it without knowing why these verses where revealed.
All verses in the Qur'an were revealed with reasons, that's why the Qur'an comes with commentaries/explanations.
The religion of Islam is the most structured and organized system yet. There are rules and regulations to follow as well as guidance to how these rules and regulations are practiced.
There is so many to say about what you have written here to confuse people like yourself, but here (SR) I believe is not the right place for that.
Cheers

Nigeria's real problem is leadership. Our elites have comfortably overcome the differences of tribe and religion in abuja and are united in the one ideology: corruption. They steal our money and enjoy while they leave us in our regions whining over religion,poverty,underdevelopment etc. And from time to time they come and fuel us with sentimental,nepotist and religious bigotry,and turn us against each other for their political ends. Most of the crises in this country is hypocritical. Our people are peaceful,you need to see how we interact during peace. But most are also illiterate,and are easily manipulated to become tools of destruction. Alot of the people in the front line during religious crises are those who seldom pray or go to church,hardly will you see the educated middle class partake in such. Therefore we end up at the receiving end of the double edged knife; being robbed of our chances of development and progress while at the same time turned against each other.

Mr Rudolph Okonkwo, In case you're too myopic in thiking to see, over 80% of the countries in this world are multi-cultural and bi-lingual, and that is the design of God ( not the Lord Lugards n co). For your information if Nigeria should split in two today: north and south, there still wouldn't be contentment because there will still be many christians in the north and muslims in the south. Not to talk about the tribes; i'm very sure the next thing is the south south will begin fighting for secession because they won't give their resource-rich land to the Igbos to continue dominating, and i dont even know where the yorubas stand in the scheme of things. And the list is endless. Believe me, Nigeria is not perfect as it is, but it is better than any other geographical lines you want to think of. Breaking it will only open a whole new, more dangerous can of worms.

well..wat we r soppose 2 b doin now its prayers..lets commit 9jeria in2 d hands of our lord....and see wat hez capable of doin...pray holy with faith and thy lord shall ansa u amen..........

SR, for you to allow this divisive article and the subsequent comments to continue to unfold on your site is a disgrace. You're doing more dis-service to the Unity of this country than the writer and some commentors. No wonder China actively censors its internet; imagine if the Uighurs, Tibetans, Hans etc would be allowed to be posting all sorts of inflammatory stuff i'm seing here! You're lucky Nigeria is a country of so much talk and less action.

Beyond the Nigerian Terrorist Bomber. I have not seen any correlation from your write-up with the bomber. This is a privileged boy who schooled under British tutelage in Togo and Britain. Where did the north or the religious crisis you rnt about come into all this?
Until we as Nigerians stop being myopic and sometimes idiotic, we will remain static in development. Whether you believe it or not, Dim Ojukwu and Mutallab belong to the same category. They will kick you out without a qualm! Look at your situation and ask youeself how you got there; at least in the last ten years, your ruler at the state and local level is your fellow tribesman and in all probability a Christian! Is he doing what you expect of a civilised Christian or are waiting for orders to start a CRUSAID?!
COME SIT UP AND FACE REALITIES!!!

@MISS ZAINAB,pls do not waste your precious time responding 2 people that are most uncultured that i have ever known on earth .This is the people whose in their culture a child can face his father or mother and tell him/her 'NA LIE'.This is the people who their intolerance will not allow them even to rent a store or house to non-indigene of the state.HOW MANY SOUTHERNERS THAT NOT ONLY OWN SHOPS BUT HOUSES IN THE NERVE CENTRE OF THE CITY OF KANO.I CHALLENGE ANY SOUTHERNERS ESPECIALLY THE IGBOS T TELL ME A SINGLE HAUSA/FULANI MUSLIM THAT OWN EVEN A PLOT OF LAND IN ANY ONE OF IGBO DOMINATED STATE.CONCERNING RELIGIOUS INTOLARANCE AND TERRORISM I THINK THAT DOES NOT NEED BUT I CAN QOUATE WHAT THE HOLY QURAN SAYS 'BUT IF THEY TURN AWAY FROM YOU, YOUR ONLY DUTY IS A CLEAR DELIVERY OF THE MESSAGE'. 'LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION, FOR TRUTH STANDS OUT CLEARLY FROM FALSEHOOD'.

Written by Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo
Sunday, 27 December 2009 19:26
The above article written by Redolf Ogoo Okonkwo, i want to point a kind of migration of southerners to the north which is happen almost every day come to survive due to lack of peace, food, shelter, e.t.c. in their region. Let forget about every the people in Kano, Kaduna, Jos e.t.c park their belong and leave the areas and see who will cry like a wolf[b][/b]

We are frustrated, understandable. Upset, understood, United, not sure but never forget, we have more that unite us than divide us. We are all Gods childeren no matter the religion, tribe or clan. God bless Nigeria.

This SR forum has to be reviewed . Anytime I want to relax and pity NIgeria , I open the SR and read biased, hate-ful, poorly researched artcicles and comment ! Please do something. There is no meaningful discussion going on. All comentators are so biased !

I think the author of this article over exaggerated the extent of the causes of religious intolerance in the North and not considering the fact that many Northern Christians were also killed in every unfortunate incident of these religious upsurge.
As a Christian and a Southerner, I strongly belief that the issue of religious agitation against Christians in Nigeria, particularly in the North is financed and propagated by outside forces. Though,I belief there is complicity amongst some elements in the Northern hierarchy who cooperated with the sinister acts either due to monetary compensation or political benefits or both.
Thus, I see no correlation with religious fanaticism in the North,with the June 1, 1969, inferences made by Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Biafra and the formation of Nigerian State by the British as asserted by the author.

THIS MONSTAR CALL NIGERIA WILL NOT SURVIVE LONG. THE PARASITIC NORTH OF THIS MONSTAR WILL SOON RUN OUT OF FOOD WHEN THIS MONSTAR BREAKS UP. WE WILL HAVE AREWA REPUBLIC,ODUDUWA REPUBLIC, BIAFRA REPUBLIC AND SOUTH SOUTH REPUBLIC. EVERY BODY WILL CALL HIS PAPA NAME.

Miss Zainab go brush your mouth clean b4 u come on SR. Whats the rate of fistula in the North, better go sew your licking a** you dirty female northern parasite.

Do you think you are important?

I really think you should issue an unreserved apology to all Southerners for your smelly comments. So many Sudanese, Nigerien, Malian, Chadian website with a large online audience to suit your kind go on log on.

Let me ask you one question Miss Zainab were Southerners massacred in the North at any time in Nigeria's History? Answer: YES or NO.

Do you want more blasphemous comment? let me give you a good sample. We will not only p**s on your backward koran, we will sh*t on it, tear it up and use all the content like a worthless sheet of paper......do you want some more? F**k you and your demonic Islamic faith, your mullars, Imams, Alfas can all s**k my D**k and vomit on the Koran.

Surah 61.4 “Truly Allah loves those who fight in his cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari 9.64 “No doubt I heard Allah's messenger saying, ‘During the last days there will appear some young foolish people, who will say the best words, but their faith will not go beyond their throats and will go out from their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection”.

Sura 9.73 “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal harshly with them. Hell shall be their home, an evil fate”.

Sahih Bukhari 4.196 “The prophet Muhammad ... said, ‘I have been ordered to fight with people till they say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah”.

Sahih Muslim 41.6985 “The prophet [Muhammad] … said: The last Day will not come until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. Even the rocks and trees will cry: O Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!”

Sura 5.51 “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust.”

Surah 4.89 “Seize them and slay them wherever you find them. And in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

The following is from the article "Islam's Jesus"
http://www.gracetruth7.org/

However, the moment Islam gains followers in a territory, they must force every infidel (non-Muslim) to submit to Allah/Islamic law. At that point, the Quranic and Hadithic verses that every Muslim must advocate/follow are of this sort: “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sahih Al-Buhkari 9.57). “Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever you find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. Fight against those among the People of the Book who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day … Go forth, armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives for Allah!” (Sura 9.5, 9.29, 9.41).

Sura 48.29 “Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another”.

Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Abdul Mutallab, are you not the chairman of islamic bank in Nigeria? Are you not one of the northerner mafias that are sponsoring sharia law and bank-rolling most of the religious conflicts which sometimes results in the loss of thousands of innocent lives? Alhaji ahba!, are you not also in total support-among other things-converting all Nigerians to islam. Your son is a carbon copy of yourself, who are you kidding, be strong and bold and tell the whole world, who you really are. We know you, you terrorist filthy coward bastard. Words to the wise.

What we need is ethnic tolerance, HARD WORK and commitment to build a great nation. At the moment, it seems everybody just wants a short-cut to good life via many ways including running to countries built by others, corruption and the MIRAGE of breaking–up the country. We have a generational challenge. The earlier we rise to it individually the better.

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