Have you ever wondered about a country where terrorists seem to have more power than the government? The news of Boko Haram causing havocs and massacres in the Northern part of Nigeria seems to highlight Nigeria as a nation where politics is limited entirely.
What does Boko Haram want? Why are they killing and bombing people? Are they true Muslims or not? These questions have been raised by the masses across the country, and its becoming a primary issue of concern for those people who gathered at the Vendor’s place to talk about what they see in the Newspapers.
For some of you who don’t have any clue of what I’m talking about, Boko Haram is a jihadist militant organisation based in the northeast parts of Nigeria. Their primary objective is to force the islamic religion upon their neighbors and Jihad. However, if you read on, it’s clear, Boko Haram wants more.
On May 7, 2013, another outrageous action of the Boko Haram waged across the Nation. The town of Bama, Borno State, was enmeshed in mayhem as Boko Haram attacked the town, and took the lives of 22 policemen, including two of their wives and three children, 14 prison officials, and two soldiers.
Also, thirteen members of Boko Haram lost their lives as the gunmen attacked several government offices and security posts. The Police barracks and the 202 Army Barracks were also attacked.
There was a report that the gunmen who were 500 in number, came in 100 Hilus Toyota vehicles, and laid an ambush in Bama during the early hours of the day. The prison was attacked, which led to the killing of 14 waders and set inmates free.
The Mobile Police Barracks/Base was also attacked and five policemen lost their lives in the milieu.
Three people were also killed at a police barrack, including a woman who had just married a police corporal several weeks ago. This woman was burnt beyond recognition together with three children. The Magistrates Court, Revenue Office, Primary Health Care Centre and other public spaces were set on fire. This continued to the Divisional Police Headquarter. The offices of the DPO, and the Area Commander was also set ablaze.
This chaos started around 4. am on Tuesday in Bama. Bama is about 70 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital, which has experienced a number of killings and bombings recently.
Only God knows what will solve this problem as Boko Haram promise to never stop the killing and bombing of those that get in their way; and the administration appears to be too weak to stop them.
Written By: David Isoje