Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria's Unholy War by Mike Smith

By Mike Smith

An insurgency in Nigeria via the Islamist extremist crew Boko Haram has left millions useless, shaken Africa’s largest country and fearful the area. but they continue to be a mysterious-almost unknowable-organization. via large on-the-ground reporting, Smith takes readers contained in the violence and gives the 1st in-depth account of the clash. He strains Boko Haram from its beginnings in Nigeria’s distant northeast to its transformation right into a hydra-headed monster, deploying suicide bombers and abducting schoolgirls. a lot of the booklet is advised from the point of view of Nigerians who've came across themselves stuck among the violence of insurgents, brutal safeguard forces and a clumsy executive. It comprises the tales of a police officer left paralyzed, ladies whose husbands were murdered and a sword-wielding vigilante utilizing charms to fend off rebel bullets. Smith questions even if there could be any finish to the violence and the ways that this could be completed. Interspersed with Nigerian heritage, this e-book delves into the roots of the unholy battle being waged opposed to the backdrop of an evolving extremist danger all over the world.

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He was then shown sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey car and spoke again, this time offering a disjointed message to the US president. When he finished, a blurry and shaky sequence showed a car being driven down a road. ‘I tell Obama and other world leaders they were created by Allah in the same way he created us’, he said while seated in the driver’s seat. ‘So whoever rebels against Allah and goes against his dictates, whatever his status, especially Obama, who is their leader, if he does not repent and convert to Islam, if he dies, he’s going to hell and live therein for ever.

From the second floor down, the stairs have blood stains everywhere. Ground floor was a complete mess. As I step on to the ground, I am in two inches of water. The sprinkler system seems to be working and most likely some water pipe had burst. ’ An ATM machine had been thrown towards the door by the force of the blast, partially blocking Alkari’s way, but he managed to slip past and make it outside, where he saw ‘several people badly hurt, lying on ground crying for help. There is one ambulance taking in someone and another is entering the area to carry others.

1956 Nigeria strikes oil in commercial quantities in the Niger Delta in the south. - 1960 Nigeria gains independence from Britain. - 1967 Civil war begins after the south-east declares itself an independent Republic of Biafra. - 1970 Civil war ends with the defeat of the Biafrans. Nigeria remains one nation, but deep divisions persist. - 1980 Deadly riots break out in Kano involving members of a radical Islamist movement known as Maitatsine. - 1999 Northern politicians push to institute sharia law for criminal cases.

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