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U.S. Distorts Nigerian Jihad on Christians

Nigerian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Oladipo Obasa

Nigerian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Oladipo Obasa
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While the Obama administration continues to say that the Islamic group Boko Haram’s jihad against Nigeria’s Christians—which has seen countless churches destroyed, and thousand Christians killed— has nothing to do with religion, the group once again made clear that it is all about religion. According to a recent report:

In an online video released last week, the militant Muslim group Boko Haram demanded that Nigeria’s Christian president either convert to Islam, or resign. [Boko] Haram head Abubakar Shekau told President Goodluck Jonathan to “repent and forsake Christianity,” otherwise Shekau’s followers would continue their violent campaign…

Indeed, despite the fact that the Obama administration has agreed to spend $600 million in an USAID initiative launched to ascertain the “true causes” behind Boko Haram’s murderous bloodlust, the fact is it was clear from the very beginning that the group and other Muslims were enraged that Nigeria was being led by a Christian, President Goodluck Jonathan, even though he won elections “by a landslide.”

Writing back in April 2011, Nigerian analyst Peter Run said:

The current wave of riots was triggered by the Independent National Election Commission’s (INEC) announcement on Monday [April 18, 2011] that the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, won in the initial round of ballot counts. That there were riots in the largely Muslim inhabited northern states where the defeat of the Muslim candidate Muhammadu Buhari was [deemed] intolerable was unsurprising…. Now they are angry despite experts and observers concurring that this is the fairest and most independent election in recent Nigerian history.

Once again, then, reality is easily ascertained—at root, Boko Haram’s terror campaign is entirely motivated by religion—even as the Obama administration refuses to designate the group as a terrorist organization, spends millions of U.S. tax dollars on superfluous initiatives (or diversions), and pressures the Nigerian president to make concessions, including building more mosques, the very structures where Muslims are radicalized and recruited to Boko Haram’s jihad.

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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About the Author: Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.


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4 Responses to “U.S. Distorts Nigerian Jihad on Christians”

  1. Ojie Emma says:

    President Jonathan is confused on what to do and if there be anything the U.S. government can do to save nigreia they should go ahead because nigeria is in trouble.

  2. When organized groups burn churches and try to intimidate all Christians including the President of Nigeria, it is never terrorism according to Obama.

    When unorganized rowdy Jewish teenagers commit illegal acts of violence it is terrorism according to Obama.

    both are wrong, but both are not terrorism. Someone should send the state Department a dictionary, and while they're at it send them an atlas so they can find Israel's capital.

  3. John DeLancy says:

    Goodluck Jonathan knows exactly what to do, and he is doing it: He is remaining faithful to Messiah Yeshua, even with a Muslim sword resting on his throat. May Ha'Shem reward his faithfulness, even as the US president pressures Goodluck to reward his enemies.

    This feeling I have – is that what it felt like to Israel when they were under King Manasseh? :(

  4. Niels Groeneveld says:

    Strange. After all, the US press is just repeating what journalists in Nigeria are also stating. And yes, the conflict is mainly political although obviously religion is used as instrument. The real conflict is between some of the Northern governers, and their lackeys in the military and security services, and the central government. The main issue is the distribution of the wealth generated by the energy industry, which is mainly based in the South of the country.

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