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Religious Extremism – Nigeria Experience In Brief.

By Azubuike Ihemeje Esq

After many years of fiddling around with hardline religious extremism, bigotry, jihadists, plus several years dwelling in sympathy and tacit support for al Qaeda, Taliban, Bokoharam and other violent extremists groups, the Northern Nigeria ended up in total self-annihilation, wanton genocide, serial kidnappings, and untold gruesome killings, atrocities and criminalities.

They had erroneously hoped then, that Osama Bin Ladin and his al Qaeda group would usher them;

Librations, prosperities, and total Islamic conquests and freedom from all infidels.

Unending struggles to contend their un-abating terrorism, has now become the ONLY fundamental objectives, and directive principles of virtually all the States in the North.

Insecurities have now replaced every manifestos and promise of development.

Now, enter South Eastern Region of Nigeria.

Some group of insurgents, criminals, and terrorists, who began as freedom fighters have successfully enthroned anarchy and total state of lawlessness and criminalities.

Law enforcements and all its agencies have been badly disposed and, or dispirited.

Most Police stations and facilities are now under locks and keys.

It’s now the reign of might, not laws.

First, he promised them the same “liberation and freedom from their oppressors”,
Just like their northern extremists counterparts.

Secondly, proclaimed them Judaism Zionists kind of movements for freedom. Just like the Islamic version.

Third.
Their leader formed Volunteers, and later Security Network as his own version of instrument of violent, coercion, and terror within the East. – reminiscent of arm- bearing Bokoharam.

Fourth.
He commanded them to kill every Police officers at sight and loot their arms.

The rest is now swiftly unfolding.

Today, if you’re under attack by criminals, there’s absolutely no police to report to.

Even when you manage to find, you can no longer guarantee that any Police will risk his life for your sake, in an environment that’s saturated with public hatred and unsympathetic people against the Police.

Today, most banks are shutting down in the East due to increased attacks on their branches there.

The perceptions now, whether real or imagined, is that; the East is totally unsafe for Visitors, Business, or the usual Owerri hospitality business.

You’ll agree that perception is everything.

People still live well in Maiduguri, but very few people would honor mere invitation there, talkless of moving in their hard earned money to invest in that State.

This was exactly what the post-9/11 attack on USA, by Osama Bin Ladin, did to Afghanistan and its image.

To public perception, everything therein smacks terrorism, violence, killings, crimes and general upheavals.

Today, the ghost of their collective acquiescence, tacit supports, and endorsements for religious extremism, is now hunting all those culpable in the North.

I heard one serving Minister is in deep regrets, and battling to save his scraggy neck off his pasts romance with religious extremists groups.

He’s regretting now because, he’s seen those violent extremists groups for what they truly are – anarchistic terrorists.

This is exactly how it’ll be with all those now supporting the terrorists group in the Eastern region today.

Soon, all those who now subscribe to the actions of these terrorists in the East will certainly come to the realization that religious extremism and terrorism does NOT pay.

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