Building God’s Kingdom With Bombs, Blood And Tears By Ogaga Ifowodo

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Ogaga Ifowodo

The Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad sect, better known as Boko Haram,  has very clearly spelt out the goal of its bloody jihad: to establish Allah’s kingdom in Nigeria. As the pre-history of Nigeria informs us, however, this is an old cause dating back to Usman dan Fodio’s jihad of 1804-1808.

But Dan Fodio, by most accounts, was moved by a genuine reformist spirit to establish a non-exploitative caliphal system of government for believers. Thus, after the fall of Gobir and the end of political resistance to his movement, he withdrew into a quiet life of study and teaching. I am not a historian and wouldn’t put the authority of my secondary school lessons to the test, but it appears to be the case that Dan Fodio did not display an overt imperial desire. The dream of expanding the caliphate from the Sahel Savannah to the mangrove swamps came, it seems, after his death  —  first fired by a proselytising zeal and then by the feverish dream of cultural hegemony that coincided with British colonial interests. This was when the resonant metaphor of dipping the Koran in the sea entered our political lexicon, but I digress.

Whatever distinctions one might make between Dan Fodio and his descendants, however, one fact remains indisputable: that the road to Boko Haram’s current bomb jihad was paved by the ominous conjuration of Nigeria as a nation out of thin air.  To the leaders of the caliphate, and indeed to anyone not blinded by the passion and rhetoric of independence that came from the South, 1914 was a colossal “mistake.” A nation of people not previously under one faith or polity was manufactured to live in “brotherhood.” But what was to be the nature of this hoped-for filial bond: a Muslim brotherhood, a Christian brotherhood, or a brotherhood of the more legitimate indigenous faiths? And just how would the mere constitutional assertion of secularism guarantee religious freedom against the self-appointed protectors of God with no regard for earthly authority unless formed by them, or for the sanctity of the social contract that legitimises representative government?

This unanswered question bedevilled the experiment called Nigeria right from Lord Lugard’s colonial laboratory. It subverts every effort at nationhood and citizenship. It was the real cause of the pogrom against the Igbos that culminated in the Civil War. It is the cause of the seasonal orgies of mass slaughter of Christians north of the Niger and Benue since 1980. This post-civil war phase of the caliphal mission began with the Maitatsine riots of 1980 in Kano, followed by similar sect-led massacres in Kaduna and Maiduguri in 1982, and in Yola in 1984. The massacres of July and December 2009 in Bauchi and the non-ending bloodbaths in Jos are just a further metastasis of the political cancer constituted by this unanswered question. The ground was churned afresh for Boko Haram’s terrorism by the virtual secessionist bid of the twelve northern states under the veil of religious freedom, making a new season of carnage in the name of God just a matter of time.

In its statement of acceptance of responsibility for the attacks in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state that claimed the lives of a state legislator and a senator, Boko Haram declared that it had no other “agenda than working to establish Islamic Kingdom like during the time of Prophet Mohammed.”

Christians, and by implication all non-Muslims, have one choice: accept Islam, the “true” and “right” religion or “never have peace.” Boko Haram justifies its mindless murder and maiming of fellow citizens with words they attribute to the Prophet Muhammed: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.” No god but Allah; not “no religion but Islam,” but what does it matter to men who hide under the veil of piety to unleash their repressed primordial desire to live outside the bounds of civilized law and ethics? The obvious glee with which Boko Haram announces bloody murder does not speak well of the kingdom they seek to build for God. Note the opening sentence of the aforesaid statement: “The Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, is grateful to Almighty God and hereby makes it known to the world the success of the attacks launched on … Christians, security agencies and members of the National Assembly.”

It is the wont of extremists to never let reason get in their way, else Boko Haram might pause to wonder why it is necessary to establish by blood and tears what God can by mere wish or command. Or why a God believed to be ALMIGHTY needs human protectors. Or why the plurality of faiths and creeds is not Allah’s all-knowing and supreme will. Surely, if God had desired one faith and manner of worship for all of humanity, he could have caused that to be? How the zealot dares where God has not thought to tread! The mind of the zealot cannot for a second entertain doubt or even temporary limitations on knowledge. It must claim to know God’s mind so that every egomaniacal dream can be justified, be falsely announced to the world as God’s work.

Boko Haram does not doubt that its jihad will succeed. All of non-Muslim Nigeria will convert or know no peace. Nothing in history suggests this will happen and it is sheer folly to believe otherwise. But unless Boko Haram’s true mission is to break the country in two so it can at last have its Muslim caliphate, its members would be wise to halt the orgy of death and destruction and live according to the tenet of Islam as a religion of peace. For, history is the ultimate arbiter of human affairs here on earth, as opposed to paradise. And Boko Haram is on the wrong side of history.

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i dont blame u. but try too

i dont blame u. but try too mind ur speech. islam is d only religion that does not lost is root. (quran is pure with no ulteration, personal opinior or interpretation is not reqiured). may d al-mighty guide u right

It is a Pity for your

It is a Pity for your religion - that some people as you claimed are commiting mass murder in the name of your god. Since you are so smart, what about 911, suicide attacks all over the World ? Yet not once has it been recorded where your spiritual leaders came out openly to condemn and dissociate your religion from these evil acts. I challenge you to quote atleast 5 verses in your holy book where your god taught on peace with your neighbours.

Woes of the North..!

Criminal conspiracy against GEJ govt by these preposterous vagrants called Hausa/fulani's who want power by all means, it can't work by violent or killing the innocent citizenry for your woes. And kindly hold your northern leaders or dysfunctional elites responsible for your melee... Nigeria enterprise is a creation of Man, undecided 1914-Amalgamation is a proclamation of fraud and a curse; not a Blessing to these Nation.... Option 4now is SNC or Never.

mumu

u ara fool. all muslims wil go to hell xcept they acept JESUS CHRIST as dia lord n persnal savior. islam is pure cultism n satanism.

RE:Crying wolf

Donmams, so Nigerian christians have not been asking the right questions? Ok then please answer these questions.
Your 53year old uncle, shags your 9year old daughter. What will you do? Worship and adore him? Same 53yr old uncle slits the throats of 700 of your tribes men. What will you do, venerate him? You are at liberty to shag 4 women at will, whenever you please. But your wise uncle tells you, they are not good enough, kill yourself so you can have access to 72 luscious virgins when you are stone dead. Knowing that he is a male whore, with a much more huge sex appetite than you, and he has not killed himself to go enjoy those virgins, would you kill yourself? These are hypothethical questions, but if you answer them sincerely, and you can pose them to others like youself, then we will begin to get somewhere. We can begin to dialogue, until then please zip your mouth and hide your head in shame for your miseducation.

Nagodi This is for u

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFpYc_mUqCQ&feature=related.
and concerning your video, i didn't see any evidence of cannibalism.

"No god but god"?

Any deity than needs human help is no god; rather he is a demon from the pit of hell. I’m amused at how many are serving and protecting the so called “no god but god”, a god that is being protected and whose message is being spread by suicide bombers. If he is “no god but god”, why does he need mere mortals to protect his interest?

OSITA SUIT YOURSELF

JUST LOOK AT HOW THEY BUTCHERED AND ATE HUMAN FLESH LIKE ITS GOAT MEAT.

Jos Eid Cannibalism

EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD HANG HIS HEAD IN SHAME FOR THIS VIDEO, IF HE SUPPORTS THE JOS KILLINGS THAT IS.

Crying wolf

This article is a serious disappointment! I just find it odd why the average christian in Nigeria cannot think rationally when it comes to anything related to islam and muslims. You people just believe whatever you are told by your thieving 'miracle' pastors who cannot cure their own problems talk less perform wonders for others.

I find the average christian's aversion to asking the right questions quite nasty. For example: why are christians not asking their 'brother' GEJ where kabiru sokoto is? Why aren't christians asking why he hasn't been taken to court after all this time? Why not ask where those christians caught attempting to blow up churches are right now and why they haven't been charged to court?

Nonsense. No muslim has ever been caught with a bomb trying to blow up a church. Yet when churches are attacked muslims are accused. Why?

Isn't it obvious that there is some sort of conspiracy going on here? How much more proof do christians need?

CALL IT THE NORTHS EXHIBITION OF PARASITIC SYMPTOMS

Just like parasites in human body, the North is a parasite in our body that makes us all sick. The North as parasite in our body has caused problems that mimic other disorders and these disorders are being diagnosed as being unrelated. Take looting by the North for example, Boko Haram by the North as another example that has eaten and removed all the goodies from Nigeria. If you know what diarrhea, chronic constipation, bloody stools, burning in the stomach, excessive weakness does to the human body, you will understand what the North has done to Nigeria. Now, the big question is: how do we tackle this parasite? As we fight to remove this parasite, we must not lose sight of the fact that the parasite (North) is comfortable where it is and would resist its removal (At 72 yrs, I will put on my uniform to fight).

In Respone to Great Ogaga

That was a well thought and written piece ,you actually hit the nail on the head no man can help God therefore fighting, killing and shedding innocent blood with the hope of making God happy is a complete waste of time. However they should be informed that time is fast running out,where their weakness will begin is where the srength of the rest of us will start

@NAGODI: PLEASE CAN YOU PROVE MUSLIMS WERE EATEN

This whole nonsense about cannibalism is baseless and just used as silly propaganda.Were these muslims eaten due to hunger or is it normal menu in plateau area,just why would any person want to eat fellow humans in this time.
Back in the day of tribal wars,the head of the chief worrior of the defeated army would be used in a victory dance in the town square,but other tribes quickly said the Igbo eat people,all these lies need to be jettisoned,human flesh is simply not in the menu anywhere in Nigeria.

Ogaga hits the nail on the head

For once the truth has been said , no man can fight for God, hHis hands are not short norhis inert ability so weak that he requires a self ordained human sect like the boko boko to shed blood for him. When the main thing will start they might have exausted their arms and strength, they should thereffore beware

@nagodi Ibrahim SAD

Must you always defend boko's and the holy north's atrocities? If you are of the opinion that the north can do better, why all the shaking when division is mentioned? The earlier you bonobos up north realize that no amount of bombs we make us love you the better for you because after all the bombings we pple of the south will and are going our ways. Yes, probably janathan and the fools around him don't have the balls to go all the way for now but the pple are determined not to stick together for long anymore. Better save for you and your pple all you've gotten from the south cos very soon nothing will be coming your way.

Nagodie is better off dead.

Nagodi, surely u are an islamist who kills and supports ur fellow murderers. truth is this, before u get to my nation, we will have no cause to call ur likes 'country people'. Amalgamation of humans and animalistic beings is why we have beings like you spewing rubbish from ur rotten mouth. Abeg hold ur dryland ooo, if u like kill all your people who are Christians finish! When we are separated i hope u then turn on urselves, at least they will be no more hausa christians for u to eat again! Evil beings, evil cannibalistic nation!

How to stop Boko Haram

This is a project going on everywhere. Islamists dread Christians. But Christians must stop this cascade into materialism, and help the poor as the Bible commands. That way, they (BH and Others) will have the moral high ground to fight the enemy. As things stand today, we Christians are guilty for fueling this brigandage by becoming too overly self-righteous and greedy in eating the bread on the table and the crumbs on the gorund.

Terroristan

Breaking news: peaceful islam wanted,
Never found.

Let all that have ear to

Let all that have ear to hear, eyes to see, heart to feel, brain to think observe and know that Islam is not a religion of peace for anyone. There is no love in Islam, there is no peace, there is no joy, there is no music, no dancing, no happiness and there is no knowing God therefore no certainty and assurance. Even within 100% Islamic nations life is sad, fearful, uncertain and brutish. Islam is not a religion of peace but an economic system for the benefit of those in authority to control and use their followers.

THERE WAS NEVER A NIGERIA.

Brilliant article though still begging some issues. We have to admit once and for all that there was never a Nigeria. What we have always had was NORTHERN NIGERIA AND THE OLIGARCHY. As for the Christians from the Middle belt and and the minorities in the North , their selfish call for maintaining the status quo is reckless and selfish. I frankly do not feel their pain. They sowed and now they are reaping. Their atrocious crimes against Ibos pre civil war has come back to hunt them. We will not wait for them, nor make the ultimate sacrifice to help them away from the fangs of the hard core Islamists in the North. Nigeria is on the verge of disintegration. Indeed, Jonathan is the last president of a county called Nigeria. You watch and wait.

AN UNREASONABLE, CORRUPT AND MURDEROUS GOVT WILL BREED REBELLION

ITS GOOD OGAGA STARTS BY CORRELATING DAN FODIO'S JIHAD WITH THE BAD GOVT OF HIS DAY. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE CURRENT MURDEROUS GOVT HE IGNORED THE LINK. KILLING OF CHRISTIANS WAS ALL YOU SEE, YET THE KILLING OF MUSLIMS AND SUBSEQUENT CANNIBALISM THAT IS ON TAPE IN JOS AND BAUCHI DOES NOT EVEN WARRANT YOUR MENTION. IF IT WAS THE MUSLIMS THAT EAT THE DEAD BODIES OF CHRISTIANS ON THE SALLAH DAY MASSACRE IN JOS WE WOULD HAVE HAD CHAPTERS AND BOOKS WRITTEN.

ANY WAY THE NIGERIAN PROBLEM CANNOT BE SOLVED BY SO CALLED INTELLECTUALS SHORT-CIRCUITING THEIR MINDS WHEN IT COMES TO OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS. FROM THE MURDER OF CHRISTIANS TO THE MURDER OF MUSLIMS ITS THE FAILURE OF STATE THAT IS THE CAUSE AND ANY BODY WHO WANTS TO SAY DIFFERENT IS SIMPLY CHERRY-PICKING. GEJ IS NOT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN TO RULE NIGERIA THERE WAS GOWON AND OBJ, HE IS HOWEVER THE FIRST OF THE CONFUSED GENERATION OF NIGERIANS LIKE OGAGA, WHO ARE CLEARLY COLOR BLIND IN HISTORY. ITS GOOD YOU ADMIT YOUR IGNORANCE OF HISTORY.

Great piece! As for the

Great piece!
As for the Islamic religion all that I have got to say is this… any religion that does not respects and loves God’s own creation i.e. humans, cannot claim to love the creator i.e. GOD or ALLAH.

Must everything that is joined together stick together? Get over it people, good intentions do not and cannot make up for a colossal “mistake” i.e. the 1914 amalgamation.

There is nothing wrong in saying… hey guys, we tried but let move on and be good neighbours. Whatever that is at stake here (north and south union) for equity, should be divided is my take.

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Hey windbag "gaga'

Why don't you go make an arrest? Better yet, if you want to better your country do what you're supposed to do and stop protecting the corrupt yahoos in blue

WHY ARE YOU SILENT ABOUT THOSE CHRISTIANS CAUGHT WITH BOMBS?

WHY ARE YOU SILENT ABOUT THOSE CHRISTIANS CAUGHT WITH BOMBS?

BOKO HARAM EXPLOITS GULLIBILITY/DIVISION OF SOUTHERNERS.

The south of Nigeria is the powerhouse of the country, but Boko Haram foot soldiers are intent on cowing the south to submisssion for political power for its masters. North's political and Muslim leaders came together the last decade and formed Supreme Council For sharia in Nigeria. Objective:"to extend Sharia to other states." In other climes, the south should have come together and take a hard resolve against the known enemy whose footsoldiers, Boko Haram, may be driving Nigeria to the stone age. But people in the south and their politicians are apparently gullible to manipulation as well as are divided among themselves; and the Islamists and their footsoldiers are exploiting these weaknesses of the south. North say No to state police, no to fiscal federalism, to zonal administration. Therefore north says yes to the status quo. Divide Nigeria now between corenorth and the rest.

no we are not..

boko haram cannot be on the wrong side of history because it determines and writes history...if you do not crave virgins, remain in america...me, i have converted...and i am enjoying like no man's business...convert or perish...

Short

Great but you stopped short of asking them to form their own Arewa Nation which they have always wanted until oil was discovered. There is no need to co-exit with a mad man who you cannot reason with. Who will be the next victim of this collective timidy and unjustifiable silence in the face of unprovoked mass killings and destruction.

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