CHRISTMAS EVE BOMB BLASTS IN NIGERIA
The report coming out of Nigeria on this Christmas Eve is that there has been a series of bomb blasts in the city of Jos in PlateauState. In a similar report some armed Islamic jihadists also carried out a series of attacks on targeted churches and some Christian faithful in Maiduguri city.
According to some sources a group of Islamic extremists had warned that there would be no Christmas celebration in Jos this year. Hence the first bomb that went off was before a Catholic church in the city. The first explosion at the church went off at 7.30 PM and by 8.45 PM when the last bomb exploded the people had counted nine explosions and about 36 dead persons with 70 wounded. The timing was when the people were doing their last minute Christmas shopping.
More than 1,500 people have been killed in and around the city of Jos since the beginning of this year.
In Maiduguri, about 6 persons were also killed when some Muslim jihadists attacked churches. They burnt down church buildings and pastors’ residences. Among those killed in Maiduguri is a pastor of one of the churches. The violent Islamic sect known as Boko Haram has been very active in both Maiduguri and Bauchi in the last two to three years. They have been fighting for the implementation of the Islamic sharia principles in the entire Nigerian state.
Jos is in the north central part of the country while Maiduguri is further up north. It must be recalled that for years now the Islamic extremists/terrorists the world over have actually shifted their base to Nigeria. The truth is that the entire Nigerian state has become the new center of world Islamic terrorism. The Islamic terrorists also funnel their jihadists money through Nigerian banks and Nigerians.
So many incidents and events easily prove the truth of this assertion. On Christmas Day of 2009 a Nigerian Islamic terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab dressed himself in underwear of explosives and boarded an airplane headed for DetroitMichigan in the United States from LagosNigeria. When the plane was over Detroit with almost 300 passengers and crew on board, he tried to detonate the bomb but was wrestled by a fellow passenger and the people and city were saved.
For several years now the rogue nation Iran of Ahmadinejad has used Nigeria as the trans-shipping port to transport weapons to the Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip in Israel. This only came to light recently when 13 containers loaded with katyusha rocket launchers and other weapons meant for Gaza were discovered in Apapa Seaport in LagosNigeria.
Since the inception in 1999 of the so-called democratic regime in Nigeria, all the Northern states or Northern region of that country have adopted the Islamic sharia laws as their legal justice system even though the country claims to have a national constitution that provides for freedom of religion for the whole country.
Today, every Islamic sect with extremist views is represented in Nigeria. Starting from Osama bin Ladin’s al-Qaeda to the Taliban, Nigeria has become the hotbed of Islamic terrorism. The Nigerian state officially supports and sponsors Islamic terrorism but the West especially Britain and the United States would rather look the other way because they feel in doing so they will safeguard the supply of oil from the Niger Delta to their countries.
The West also feel that if they continue to handle the Nigerian terrorist status with kids glove they will not get punished by the Saudi Kingdom and the other Arab oil suppliers.
At the beginning of this month of December 2010, the Nigerian government sent out armed troop with war planes to the fishing/farming community of Ayokoromo in the Niger Delta area to kill and destroy the place. When they were done with the bombings, killings and pillaging, 150 children, women, and men were left dead and the entire community burnt to the ground. The Nigerian army had been equipped by the government of Nigeria, the British government and the various oil companies operating in the area to carry out the operation.
The reason the government gave for their action was that they were after the leader of a freedom fighters group, John Togo and his men. At the end of the operation, not a single member of the freedom fighters was killed by the Nigerian army but 150 civilians were murdered by the soldiers.
In 1999, 12 policemen were killed in their line of duty in Odi in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian government sent in a contingent of the military armed forces tanks to destroy an entire community of over 60,000 people. The destruction was complete and till today nothing happened.
Ever since Nigeria became a country, it has never worked and it will never work. The reason is because it is fundamentally miss-structured from the beginning. Starting from the country’s independence in the beginning of the 1960s decade till the present, the Nigerian state has committed one genocide after another on its so-called citizens.
It all began with the Biafran Genocide that lasted from 1966 to 1970. At the conclusion of that pogrom on the Igbo/Biafrans in those years, 3.1 million children, women and men were gruesomely murdered by the Nigerian government, the British government, the Soviet Union, the Arab League with Egypt at the forefront.
With the British influence these crimes against humanity committed on a defenseless people of Biafra have remained un-redressed. But it will not remain so for long because justice though may be delayed for awhile but it will never be denied in today’s world which has become more conscientious and responsible than it used to be.
Everything wrong with the Nigerian state can be traced to only one source; culture-clash. Beginning with the country’s penchant with genocides on its population to the endemic graft and corruption in every aspect of the society to chronic lies and dishonesty of the Nigerian people, all have their root in one place. There are over 250 different cultures and ethnicities within the enclave and they are constantly in conflict with one another so the entire space remains an endemic battleground of competing cultures. Each wants to outsmart the other and grab as much as they can to the detriment of the common good.
Therefore the only viable solution to the Nigerian problem is to divide the country along its cultural/ethnic boundaries just the same way it had been before the colonial rule of the British. There are existing cultural/political blocks and in a referendum the people must be allowed to choose where and with whom they want to associate. The people must be allowed to choose a government that is conducive with their culture and way of life and order their affairs thereby.
Nobody who is honest and sincere about bringing to an end the constant waste of lives and properties in this region of the world should shy away from this solution in any way because it will be a win, win situation any day. It will bring about a permanent solution to the terrible human disaster and environmental degradation of the entire place. The West, such as Britain, the U. S. and all the oil companies operating in the area can easily go into new arrangement and negotiations with the indigenous peoples from whose lands and waters the oil is extracted and can be assured of better deals. Of course once that is done freedom fighting will cease and business will be good.
Force of firepower and the maintenance of state terrorism on the entire population can never achieve any positive solution but will continue to cost both the oil companies such as Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Afren, British Petroleum, etc more material losses and the people their lives and means of livelihood. Nigeria must be divided.