Femi Hilekaan for Information Nigeria
Islamic sect Boko Haram have continued to perpetuate violence on the Nigerian population as two deadly attacks rocked the city of Jos during the weekend, then Tuesday’s carnage at a University town in Zaria that killed at least 25-people, including a toddler. The new aggressive approach by the militant group, though precedent further illustrates the enormous challenge already in place for new President Muhammad Buhari.
In Jos, the terrorist group attacked a popular Yantaya mosque, forcing traumatized worshipers to flee after the explosion. A witness and also a spokesman for Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Nigeria’s main Muslim organization, Umar Farouk Musa, by telephone interview from Jos shared his experience to America’s popular newspaper New York Times:
“We saw these people emerging from nowhere, covered with blankets,” he said in a telephone interview from Jos, referring to the gunmen. “Before we knew it, they disappeared into thin air. There were victims beyond what we could count.”
Earlier, at a restaurant adjacent the University of Jos, a suicide bomber walked in and unleashed terror. Atleast 15 bodies were counted on the scene afterwards.
Though President Buhari, in contrast to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has promised an aggressive Military campaign in disintegrating the group, which a glimpse of the feat has seen the Military Command Centre relocated to Borno State, Boko Haram have continued to flex its prowess especially in vulnerable places.
Indiscriminate shootings on Sunday, were reported in several villages in the North. The outskirt location of these villages severely hampers condensed Military operation. Also, news of atrocities committed by Boko Haram are also difficult to spread. Survivors have to trek a long distance by foot to the city of Maiduguri, a process that takes days to fruition.
Muhammad Lawal Ishaq, a legal adviser at the central mosque in Jos, revealed that the mounting pressure by the Nigerian Government on the terrorist group surrounds the recent widespread and aggressive carnage by the group.
“They want to create diversionary tactics by attacking other soft spots,” He told the New York Times.