Sunday, February 8, 2015
Islamic terrorists, in Nigeria they call themselves Boko Haram, have scored the biggest victory yet with the announcement that presidential elections will be delayed six weeks in the most populous nation on the continent.
All the beheadings and burning alive in the world may not be as a big a draw for Muslims who believe their faith is the only one acceptable throughout the world.
Nigeria has a population of 173 million, and is a major oil producer but remains the sick man of Africa.
For years it has sought to portray its problems, including a civil war in Biafra, as a result of British colonization. Yet other former colonies with fewer resources, both British and other European countries, are doing far better.
"Many people will be very angry and annoyed. I want to assure all Nigerians, no one is forcing us to make this decision, this is a very weighty decision., Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman Attahiru Jega said at a media conference Saturday night.
The vote was moved from Feb. 14 to March 28. The election commission said the Army was too busy trying to fight the terrorists to guarantee a safe election.
The U.S. government has joined opposition leaders, including opposing president former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari is a Muslim, Jonathan a Christian.
"It’s a big disgrace for Nigeria. It is now Cameroon and Chad fighting the insurgency more than Nigeria. We will build the capacity and Nigeria should be able to secure its territorial integrity," Buhari told Reuters.
Boko Haram is translated as “Western education is forbidden.” There have been frequent outbreaks of extremism among Muslims in Nigeria.
In 1980, on the Cameroon border, a man known by various names, including Mohammed Marwa, lead a revolt that cost 1,000 lives. His followers believed they were bullet-proof. The army and police ended the outbreak in a few days.
Since Boko Haram kidnapped 300 young women last year the world has watched as the Nigerian government has blamed everyone U.S. President Barack Obama and other foreign leaders while absolving President Goodluck Jonathan.
The U.S., Britain and other countries have sent aid to help the Nigerian army, which U.S. officials say has had a tendency to run away when confronted by Boko Haram. Villagers often have fought off the terrorists.
Both ISIS and Boko Haram have declared a caliphate.