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Violation Of Human Rights In Nigeria

1839 words - 7 pages

The following work is a documentation of current events, and human rights violations in the West-African country of Nigeria. Following the movements of a terrorist sect by the name of Boko Haram, and traveling through the history of several African cultures, revealing the histories of sexual discrimination. As well as a sometimes violent history of religious conflicts throughout the country, between the Christian faith and that of the Muslim.
In 2009 there was a rising of a terrorist group in the country, by the name of Boko Haram, when translated the name means "Western education is sacrilege". The group has been found to have connections to Al-Qaida, one of the largest terrorist networks in the world, and probably the most heard of network, since the beginning of Boko Haram it has been receiving aid, and training by Al-Qaida members. Many Nigerians have made the long journey to Al-Qaida home bases to accept this training, and return to the country as bombers, trained to incorporate neo-salafism, and jihad into the minds of other members of Boko Haram. Leader of worldwide terror of Al-Qaida that goes by the name of Abdel Malek Drouqdal has stated publicly that they shall continue to provide weapons and training to Boko Haram to "defend Muslims in Nigeria and stop the advance of a minority of Crusaders". Along with one goal being to expand the presence of Jihad in the Sub-Saharan region of Western Africa and that it shall open a wider variety of opportunities for the terrorist groups placed in the regions. But these goals are impossible without gaining leverage over the entire country of Nigeria, without the countries influence in the region, it can never be achieved. But in January of 2010 a man by the name of Imam Abubakar Shekau, once a deputy leader in Boko Haram who was thought to have been dead since July of 2009, has resurfaced as the new leader of Boko Haram, he voiced that the terrorists already well equipped are going to begin an onslaught of attacks on "the Western influence". Since the series of attacks began the main focus has been on Churches, and official security buildings, like Police Stations mainly in the Northern regions of the country, but they did widen their focus onto media buildings, and Universities. Such as the 33rd Kaduna International trade fair undergoing probably the worst turn out in the history of the event, booths and stands lay bare, as vendors and customers feared attending for fear that the event may be the next target of a bombing, the fair had already previously been postponed for the same security concern. Due to the insecurity caused by Boko Haram the number of private security has gone up substantionally, and the number of illegal fire arms in circulation in that region of the world has sky rocketed. With many citizens carrying concealed firearms for personal protection, and protection of others, the number of guns circulating through the country is estimated at close to 100 million. These small arms...

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