Any philosophy, ideology or idiosyncrasy that extols the killing of fellow human beings to asseverate a message is inhumane thus, not worthy of acceptance. In clear and unabridged words, ‘Boko Haram’ is an idea birthed from one man’s thinking. It remains a nursed ambition and an ill notion towards a progressive common wealth of peace. It will always point to the cruel darkness of man’s extremism and evil ingenuity. ‘Boko Haram’ is a collocation of two distinct words, ‘Boko’ and ‘Haram’. While ‘Boko’ means western education, ‘Haram’ connotes anything forbidden to Muslims. Based on these assessments, 'Boko Haram’ literally translates to ‘No Western Education’.
‘Boko Haram’ crept subtly into the historical halls of Nigeria unnoticed in 2002. It kept breathing and brooding under the intense heat of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. And almost effortlessly, it sustained a foothold under the indisputable leadership of Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf. Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf was an eccentric and a fanatical Muslim who preached against all that science, education and civilization portrayed. In his habitual ways and bigotry, Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf was able to make disciples and ardent followers who shared his opinionated views and believed in his arbitrary words. Oh! He grew from a lone prophet in the heart of northern Nigeria to the leader of an imminent religious sect that built mosques and sheltered refugees. Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf and his comrades grew in size and number spreading their tentacles to some other states in northern Nigeria. In 2004, they gained access to Yobe State and created a faction in Bauchi State.
Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf spoke audaciously against government legislation and policies. He painted corruption as the poisoned chalice that has polluted the heart of many Nigerians. And his words earned him fame and reputation for the briefest of moments until his arrest and execution without trial by men of the Nigerian police. This seeming injustice portrayed in 2010 under the clouds of dirty politics and insurgence to the rule of law was like a dagger driven through the hearts of Yusuf’s sworn and vehement followers. Yusuf’s followers picked up arms and became truants. They threatened the states of their domiciles and even found allies in Arab speaking neighbouring Chad. They destroyed lives and properties and they perpetrated all kinds of despicable evil. They embraced violence like a bride and they remained mute as they placed no demands on the government except for the words of their unjustly killed leader, ‘Boko Haram’.
I will not attempt to give fallacious details about the status quo of ‘Boko Haram’ which of course remains skeptical, but I want to state very quickly that ‘Boko Haram’ is real and in existence. Dwelling in reminiscence, one can’t help the temptation to give a buttressed account of the mayhem, havoc and chaos ‘Boko Haram’ has wrath in this great country, Nigeria, whose emblem upholds peace and unity; to stay on point I’d say emphatically that ‘Boko Haram’ is not necessary and it is absolutely unneeded to channel a course of earthly gain and eternal prosperity. Contrary to popular opinion, I am a huge believer of the apparent fact that ‘Boko Haram’ isn’t faceless. Though it came in the façade of a religious ethnicity clothed in unresolved politics, I know and I know that I know that ‘Boko Haram’ was, still is and will continue to be an eyesore to a developing country like ours. And while our leaders folded their arms, slumbered and slept without attending to a little crack in the wall, the poor masses have been made to suffer the collateral damage when the wall of ‘Boko Haram’ came crashing in northern Nigeria. This eminent turmoil escalated in August 2011 when the ‘Boko Haram’ decided to bite off more than they can chew by bombing the territorial headquarters building of the United Nations, Abuja, Nigeria. Though the development aroused national and international curiosities, ‘Boko Haram’ didn’t simmer down. The group disdainfully bombed churches, police stations and government properties all in northern Nigeria.
Most optimists claim that ‘Boko Haram’ is politically inclined, but I am of the strong opinion that it bears a visible and potent religious tone. A motivating factor that has left many dead and many more wounded in the guise of a baseless battle for an unknown cause. Edmund Burke said and I quote, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’. In light of this glaring truth, I make it bold to add that so long a few good men keep to let their lights shine by kicking against all that ‘Boko Haram’ stands for, they unconsciously give leaders, nations and others permission to do the same. In no time at all, these lights of hope and peace will shine brighter than the noonday sun, overshadowing the darkness of the tenets of ‘Boko Haram’. Gradually we shall become automatically liberated from the pangs and fear of ‘Boko Haram’ as victory bells of serenity and tranquility sound and ring from every nook and cranny of this country, Nigeria. Not because we fought hard, but because good men reacted, spoke and fought for a just cause.
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