Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fear of Islamism in Nigeria

Ukamaka Olisakwe at Nine Years

Nigerians aren't afraid of writing 'politically incorrect' articles about Islamism, as we see in Ukamaka Olisakwe's article, "Growing Up Fearful in Nigeria" (New York Times, December 1, 2014):
My father arrived in Kano one cold morning in the 1970s, with the dry, dusty harmattan wind blowing south from the desert. He was 23, and like many young Christians from Nigeria's lush southeast, he had gone to the Muslim-majority north after surviving the bloody civil war of 1967-70. [The northern city] Kano was a new business frontier then. But it was uneasy, too: While Muslims and Christians lived side by side, so did hope and fear. [Fear increased i]n December 1980, [and] hope took a terrible blow when Yan Tatsine, a group led by the Islamic preacher Maitatsine, took to the streets in a blaze of violence. Like Boko Haram today, Maitatsine reviled Westernization. He had declared himself a prophet and clashed with the police, but was supported by some Muslim clerics. My father remembers shuddering in fear alongside other Christians in their neighborhood, Sabon Gari, as the bloodshed snuffed out 4,000 lives. Eventually, the Nigerian Army arrived, Maitatsine was killed, and his followers fled to neighboring states to continue their insurgency . . . . One day in October 1991, when I was not quite 9, I walked toward a large mosque near our home. It was a Friday, and the street was closed. From afar, I could see worshipers on prayer mats in the road. The mosque's loudspeakers spewed out anger, and I wondered if this anger was why my parents warned us to stay away. Then, suddenly, worshipers spilled from the building, chanting in Arabic, punching the air with their fists . . . . I ran home dazed . . . . [Peaceful years passed.] Up north, we [now] hear, Boko Haram is the group that spreads fear today. But it has taken cruelty a step further. It focuses its rage on Western education. So its victims are often children.
Those of us elsewhere in the world hear about Boko Haram, too, and that's why I'm writing about it here, why I post so often about Islamism.

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At 11:40 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I only just noticed that the mosque in the above picture looks like a skull. Hm.

At 4:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Fascinating observation, Kevin! I wonder if that was intentional.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:00 AM, Blogger John from Daejeon said...

Some interesting viewing documenting the sad demise of modern/secular England due to radical Islam.

BBC Generation Jihad episode 1

BBC Generation Jihad episode2

BBC Generation Jihad episode 3

BBC Panorama: British Schools, Islamic Rules

BBC Panorama: Muslim First, British Second

BBC Dispatches--Undercover Mosque: The Return

BBC Dispatches: Britain's Islamic Republic

Richard Dawkins: Faith School Menace

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, John. I don't know if I can bring myself to watch them, but I'm glad to have the links.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:09 PM, Blogger John from Daejeon said...

They are very hard to watch and will make you madder than hell at our Western civil environment (and useless politically correct politicians) that allows this non civil hate to grow and grow unabated.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Political correctness lacks historical memory.

Jeffery Hodges

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