Bodies of murdered college students in Potiskum Nigeria
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a Nigerian college, Yobe State College of Agriculture, in Potiskum, Northeastern Nigeria where terrorists are slaughtering anyone who is not a radical Islamist in an effort to take over huge swaths of territory for a caliphate.
Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda partner, is largely comprised of Sunni Islamic fanatics and mercenaries. They seek to destroy Nigeria from within by sowing the seeds of religious hatred and usurping traditional Islam.
Murdered college students
Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.” They have repeatedly lodged attacks against schools, colleges, universities and churches. Christians are always murdered but Boko Haram will attack anyone who does not accept their vile and ruthless version of Sharia law.
At least 42 and as many as 50 students at Yobe college were gunned down while they slept and 18 injured were taken to an area hospital. Classrooms were torched. The 1,000 students in the school fled.
Most schools in the area closed down after a July 6 attack in which 29 students were slaughtered, many burned alive in their hostels in Mamudo. More than 1700 have been tortured and murdered since the Islamic uprising began in 2010.
The Provost, Molima Idi Mato, said there were no security forces stationed at the college despite government assurances that they would be deployed.
Almost at the same time, a different set of attackers killed the Director of Finance and Supply, Yobe State Science and Technical Board, Malam Adamu Jasfa.
Two of his sons as well as his neighbour, Malam Saminu, were also killed, all in their homes located in a suburb of Potiskum town.
Further attacks that followed included the murder of security guards and a barber in the house of a serving Customs controller in charge of Kaduna/Katsina as well as the private residence of a Federal House of Representative member (PDP, Nangere/Potiskum), Yakubu Mainasara.
The corpse of Musa Magazai, the principal of Government Day Secondary School, Potiskum was also discovered behind his residential house.
A witness revealed to weekly Trust that, “The gunmen asked Malam Musa what he is doing for living, and he replied that he is a principal. One of the assailants then exclaimed ‘You are the type of people we are looking for’ and they struggled with him before they slaughtered him and escaped with his car.”
The home of the village head was raided and burned to the ground. Two of his sons were thrown into burning flames.
Three other schools were torched before the attack on the college.
On Saturday, three South Korean doctors were killed with machetes, one was beheaded. Health workers are also targets.
Boko Haram have killed 30 other civilians in the past week alone. On Thursday, police said suspected Islamic militants killed a pastor, his son and a village head and torched their Christian church in Dorawa, about 60 miles from Damaturu. They said the gunmen used explosives to set fire to the church and five Christian homes.
Radical Islamist murders were once limited to killing Christians and other non-Muslims in the 12 northern Nigerian states under Islamic Sharia law. They are now pushing into Central and Southern Nigeria and they are killing everyone who does not side with them.
News reports on Sunday say that Boko Haram is made up of “different factions with varying aims” when in fact they have only stated that they want to establish a caliphate under Sharia law. Curious.
Last year, more Christians were killed than any other group. Nigeria has the highest Christian death toll with 900 dying last year. They were specifically targeted for their faith.
Sympathetic Muslims are also murdered.
Southern Nigerians are taking up arms to protect the Christians because the violence is extending throughout Nigeria and affecting non-Christians.
More than 30,000 people have fled the terrorist attacks to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad and the uprising combined with the military emergency has forced farmers from their fields and vendors from their markets.
In April 2011, immediately before the election of the current president, in a 48-hour period, 764 church buildings were burned, 204 Christians were confirmed killed, more than 3,100 Christian-operated businesses, schools, and shops were burned, and over 3,400 Christian homes were destroyed.
Mr. Obama still won’t use the term radical Islamist and Boko Haram is still not on the US list of terror groups though it is one of the five most lethal terrorist organizations in the world. Mr. Obama did however call Boko Haram one of the most vicious terrorist organizations in a meeting with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan this past week.