Boko Haram And The Terrorist Group

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When I ask my friends, what do you know about the terrorist group Boko Haram? Half of them don 't even know what I 'm talking about. This is the reason I 've decided to write about the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Recently, the Boko Haram militant group was in the World News for the kidnapping of young Christian teenage girls in Nigeria in 2014 and the negotiation of the return of some of the girls. This report will give the reader history, the goals and the future plans of the terrorist group known as “Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Liddo Wal Jahid” (Chothia, 2015), which is better known as Boko Haram. In Nigeria Africa, Boko Haram means “Western Education is forbidden” (Chothia, 2015). Their main mission is to overthrow the Nigerian’s government and creates and Islamic state. The town of Maiduguri is the spiritual home of Boko Haram and Maiduguri has becomes a major battle ground due to the attacks that have occurred in the northern Nigeria. Recently, as of 2016 Boko Haram is located in the northern states such as Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduno. Boko Haram militants do not respect the government political system because of the “adherence to fundamentalist form of Islam which forbids participation unless the system is based on Sharia or Islamic law" ("Boko Haram Fast Facts", 2016). Currently, Nigeria is under a Federal system of government. “Under the Independence of Nigeria Act of 1960, Nigerian Muslims could not impose Sharia law in their states until 1999” ( "The Historical Background of Boko Haram", 2014). The Islamic Muslims wanted to be judge under Sharia law and not under federal system in Nigeria. This was the beginning of the clash between radical Islamic and the Nigerian government. The country was equally divided b... ... middle of paper ... ...uld do anything to eradicate western education and teaching. In the1970’s and 1980 's, Marwa and his followers initiated riots using armed combat, which resulted in the founder and an estimated 4,000 people were killed during this attack. Some believed that the movement led by Marwa was “early warning signs that religious tolerance was endangered, and that Islamic fundamentalism was finding a home in Nigeria” ("The Historical Background of Boko Haram", 2014). Marwa believed that western influence is a sin and Christians should be destroyed promoted the hate and division amongst the region. Also, Marwa and his follower 's believe that Islam is the only religion that should be adopted and practice in the region. "The wide spread of support for Sharia and the abandonment of the Settlement of 1960 allow Nigerian Muslims freely to implement the Sharia law" (Ford, 2014).

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