Locals capture footage of civilians fleeing on foot as Boko Haram stormed Jiddari Polo, May 11.
The western world remains puzzled over Boko Haram
Nigeria News Today
By Rachel Brooks
May 18, 2021
The western world continues to ponder Boko Haram, the ever-present Islamist militia that terrorizes Nigeria. On May 18, the BBC published a list of six possible reasons why Boko Haram has yet to be defeated, noting that the phrase used to describe Boko Haram as “technically defeated” now rings “increasingly hollow.” In 2021 alone, there have been an estimated 100 attacks from the militant group. Military bases and towns alike have fallen under the scourge of these attacks.
As the realization that Boko Haram is far from defeated sank in, the Baptist Herald (Baptist Press)reported that Boko Haram was near to establishing a caliphate in Nigeria. The Baptist Press interviewed the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom member Johnnie Moore and Open Doors CEO David Curry. Moore and Curry gave insights regarding the behavior of the Boko Haram militia group, noting their “alarming similarity” to ISIS.
Boko Haram was initially founded in 2002 supposedly to oppose the western education of Nigerians. It began its aggressions in 2009 and gained notoriety for the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok girls. Reports since state that Boko Haram has built an empire of cruelty around kidnappings, drug, and illicit trafficking, human trafficking, and more. Boko Haram holds young girls as captive brides and impregnates them, as their ravage to revert Nigeria to an anti-western society continues.
The BBC commentary stated that a failure to identify the root causes of the militia’s formulation is the primary reason the state has not fully defeated it. Nigeria relies on military strategy in its fight against Boko Haram. The western outlet cited Kabriu Adama of Beacon Consulting as their source.
The other listed reasons were Boko Haram’s capacity to recruit, a lack of equipment to contend with the militia on the part of the Nigerian forces, government corruption, and a military strategy that has failed.
The western world continues to be baffled regarding Boko Haram at a high level of political commentary. Likewise, the militia has been drawn into the political debates of western commentators as war continues to raze the streets of Israel.
This direct comparison of a radical Islamist network to Nigeria’s issue with Boko Haram was made by Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America via her official Twitter account on May 16.
“Boycott Israel? Pass. I’ll be boycotting Pakistan, Iran, Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and every other radical Islamic terrorist group and state sponsor of terror. Why would I boycott the only country in the Middle East that values life and equal rights?” wrote Gabriel.
As the west pondered the reasons why defense against Boko Haram has failed, Curry highlighted a grim outlook for the future presence of a Boko Haram caliphate.
“Without a concentrated effort to counter its spread,” Curry said in an Open Doors press release, which was quoted by Baptist Press, “we can only expect the new Islamic State to become more dangerous.”
As the western world ponders the grim outlook, Nigeria continues its fight against the militia. Defense Post reported last week that Nigeria had repelled a Boko Haram attack on the northeastern city of Maiduguri. The militants were armed with machine guns and rode in trucks and on motorcycles. They stormed the Jiddari Polo area, on the outskirts of the Borno state, “firing indiscriminately.” Civilians fled the scene, some even reporting leaving “food and drinks” behind as they fled to safety. The crowds were made up of mostly women and children who fled on foot.
The Nigerian defense against the incursion killed five insurgents. This, it was noted, was the latest attack of a conflict that has claimed the lives of 36,000 people and displaced millions.
Defense Post reported that Boko Haram is a rival of the Islamic State in West Africa Province, abbreviated ISWAP. Both militias have made incursions into the Maiduguri region repeatedly in recent events. In February, Boko Haram killed 16 people in an attack on the region and wounded 47. Residents of the region have formed self-defense militias to stave off the incursions as the Nigerian military struggles to meet the demand of facing the insurgencies.