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

By Mike Smith

An insurgency in Nigeria via the Islamist extremist staff Boko Haram has left hundreds of thousands lifeless, shaken Africa’s greatest country and anxious the area. but they continue to be a mysterious-almost unknowable-organization. via wide on-the-ground reporting, Smith takes readers contained in the violence and offers 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 ebook is instructed from the viewpoint of Nigerians who've chanced on themselves stuck among the violence of insurgents, brutal defense forces and a clumsy govt. It contains the tales of a police officer left paralyzed, girls whose husbands were murdered and a sword-wielding vigilante utilizing charms to fend off rebel bullets. Smith questions no matter if there should be any finish to the violence and the ways that this is able to be accomplished. Interspersed with Nigerian background, this ebook delves into the roots of the unholy warfare being waged opposed to the backdrop of an evolving extremist chance around the globe.

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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. Obama and other infidels should know God knows about them and is only giving them a respite. ’ On the morning of 26 August 2011, as Njoku was banking, Adeniyi was conducting his meeting, Alkari was trying to sort out his sanitation project and many other UN staffers were going about their usual business, the driver of a Honda Accord would make his way into the diplomatic district of the Nigerian capital, a city newly built with petrodollars, its wide boulevards and concrete office buildings giving it an artificial feel in comparison to much of the rest of the country.

He would remain face down on the floor for what he believed to be hours before a group of women making their way through the barracks spotted him and finally contacted his supervisor, who arranged for a rescue. Asiayei survived, and three days later he and other victims from the same set of attacks would be in a Kano hospital, his bed among lines of others in a sprawling room. The bullet had damaged his spine and lung. He could not walk. By the time Asiayei was shot, an unprecedented siege of Nigeria’s second-largest city was well underway, dozens or perhaps hundreds of young men, a number of them dressed as police officers, swarming neighbourhoods throughout Kano with no remorse for their victims.

He then saw a man in the distance down a corridor on the same floor, but the nightmare would only continue. Alkari shouted, and when the man looked his way, he tried to signal to him that people were trapped and needed help. The man stared for a moment from about 20 metres away, and Alkari later wondered if he was debating in his head whether to put himself in further danger or simply get out while he still had the chance. ‘He just turned and left’, Alkari remembered. ’ Shalini returned with the bad news that no one had come with her, while the UNODC staffer leading the effort to dislodge the collapsed wall was growing angry and frustrated.

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