Religious terrorism is one of the greatest fears of our modern times. It’s present side by side with cancer, Alzheimer’s, earthquakes, and fast food as one of the most common causes of death. Terrorism has been there all along, Nazis going after the Jews, The Spanish Inquisition, Ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and, lastly, the horrors committed by Taliban members all over the world. Let’s not forget the “Muslim Brotherhood” atrocities that are being committed in Egypt while the Developed World turns a blind eye. In Nigeria, the reign of terror has just begun with Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, gunned down dozens of sleeping Nigerian students in their dorms and shot the terrified rest who tried to run past the corpses, the blood and the sound of the gunshots. Over 40 students have been killed in the attacks with 18 severely wounded, according to the Nigerian military reports.
One surviving student told Reuters, “They started gathering students into groups outside then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible.”
One could imagine how disturbing it was. With Islamic terrorism showing its most vicious side, Nigeria is suffering from various Islamic terrorist attacks. The main suspect behind such acts of terrorism is the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram. The name of the terrorist group translates from local Hausa language as “Western education is a sin.”
Boko Haram started its terrorist activities in 2009, when a suicide bomber belonging to the Islamist militant group drove an explosives-packed jeep into the United Nations headquarters in Abuja. The attack resulted in twenty-four people getting killed including 12 United Nations staff members. On December 26, 2012, Boko Haram attacked two churches during Christmas Eve services. Twelve people in-total were killed. The first attack was at the “Church of Christ in Nations” CoCIN, in Postikum, in the Yobe province. Gunmen opened fire on worshipers, killing six people – including the pastor – and torching the church afterward. The second attack was at the “First Baptist Church” in Maiduguri, in Borno state. Five church members were massacred, including the deacon and, like the previous massacre, the church was set on fire.
The most recent attack was on the male dormitory, at about 1 a.m. Sunday, at the College of Agriculture in Gujba. After massacring the helpless, sleeping students, the assailants torched the building. The age of the slaughtered students ranged between 18-24 years old, most of whom were Muslims. Looks like terrorism doesn’t care much to classify its victims’ faith, or look into their hearts, before murdering them based on what they believe in. Over 1,000 enrolled students have fled the college while the wounded have been transported to Damaturu Specialist Hospital.
United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday described the group as one of the most vicious terrorist organizations in the world, during his meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. We can only hope that the stakes are high enough that the World Leaders recognize which countries are actually fighting terrorism and aid those governments. Boko Haram, Taliban and others won’t stop at anything to enforce their ideal of the “Islamic Sharia,” which is derived from their own preaching and explanations of the Koran, the holy book of Islamic faith.
With all the political chaos that has been taking place in African countries with large Muslim populations, one can only hope that the fight for terrorism is taken seriously. The 40+ Nigerian students that have been massacred in their sleep at the College of Agriculture in Gujba won’t be the last ones, as they are certainly not the first to be victimized by a world careless enough for the innocent and bloodthirsty for the Headlines.
Written by: Jaylan Salah