Within our societies and across the social media platforms, there are people who are oblivious of the impending dangers as a result of incessant attacks by hoodlums in the southeastern region of the country. No sane human being should hail or promote violence no matter how he or she disagrees with the political opinions of others. It is heartbreaking to see some 'responsible' citizens of the country debating or defending those causing violence. This begs the question 'are they aware of how the Boko Haram insurgency started?'.
The dreaded terror group in Nigeria Boko Haram started as a religious cult. Their founding leader Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf was a renowned scholar who teaches and lecture young people about his version of Islam. So, when they started agitating for an Islamic Sharia, a lot of people who are oblivious of their true intentions started supporting and campaigning for them. This helped them to establish a kind of dominance in the local communities of Borno state.
Gradually, what is known as a harmless religious cult started attacking security posts and formations in the northeastern region of the country. They stockpile looted arms and launched attacks on religious centres that failed to submit to their violent practices. Government facilities and educational institutions were attacked and destroyed by the sects. Before many people started realising the true intentions of the group, the insurgency has already displaced several communities. Reports of attacks and abduction of students became frequent.
(Photo Credit: The Nation Newspaper)
This is a brief description of how the Boko Haram insurgency started and its consequences on the economic development and stability of the northeastern region of the country. This should be a lesson to those supporting violence and destruction of properties in the southeastern region of the country. The Nigerian security forces need all the support they can get from the general public in defeating this threat.
Content created and supplied by: Rasheeed (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More