Q1. WHY IS SHEKAU KILLING MUSLIMS?
THE TRUE BOKO HARAM PURPOSE. We wonder if Shekau and his cohorts ever read the letter penned by the famous El Kanemi of the ancient Kanem-Bornu civilization to query the Sokoto caliphate when they used the cover of religion to slaughter and plunder fellow Muslims in the campaigns that started in 1804? El Kanemi (1776-1837) was an Islamic scholar from an empire that had been practicing Islam for about 500 years before the bloody campaigns were introduced into Gobir by ambitious men from Senegal. The questions raised by the Islamic cleric, El Kanemi, about religious terrorism remain unanswered till today! Does Boko Haram’s campaign have a purpose that goes beyond religion?
Q2. WHAT IS SHEKAU OFFERING?
THE TRUE BOKO HARAM AGENDA. If the various public declarations made by you and your violent sects over the decades concerning the future of Nigeria and the nations of the world are to be believed, one of your main objectives is the eradication of Western civilization (not just Western education as erroneously reported by the foreign media). Assuming all Nigerians went along with you and agreed to surrender everything associated with Western civilization, do you have any plans to develop a stable, peaceful and progressive African civilization? Or are you simply using violent means to replace Western civilization in Africa with a “convenient” Arab civilization? Looking across the world, we wonder whether Sharia rule has been able to successfully eliminate the vices and sins that come from inside the hearts of men? If you can show us examples to convince us, perhaps we might be persuaded to embrace your proposition without the need for violence.
Q3. IS THE BLOODSHED NECESSARY?
THE TRUE BOKO HARAM CREED. Lessons from ancient Africa have taught us that gory human sacrifices and copious bloodshed are the spiritual signature of bloodthirsty demons that deceived our forefathers for centuries. We recognize the same pattern in your campaign (the beheadings, the wholesale slaughter of innocent souls and the evil abduction of men, women and children). Is it possible that they are being sacrificed to provide the quota of blood demanded by your private gods? We would like to know how you intend to make these blood sacrifices profitable today when they were so destructive in ancient times. Moreso when Africans know that needless human bloodshed pollutes the land and attracts curses that last for generations.
Q4. DOES SHEKAU THINK AFRICANS ARE INFERIOR TO ARABS?
THE BOKO HARAM SECRET SHAME. Looking back into African history we observe that similar violent campaigns were executed in North Africa and there is no record that life became better for the African. One notable result is that the prevalent skin color of the average North African today is more Arab than African! Is it possible that you and your sects have been brainwashed by foreigners to repeat the same displacement sequence in West Africa? Have you, and your followers been persuaded to detest your African skin tone and cultural identity as ugly and inferior to those of your Arab masters, just as some among us bleach their skin in the hope of looking like Europeans? Do you think that our African languages and dress culture are inferior to their Arab or Western equivalents? What do you hope to achieve as an African if we replace the English language with the Arabic language?
Q5. WHY IS SHEKAU TREATING AFRICANS LIKE ANIMALS?
THE BOKO HARAM RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. There was a time when Africans were treated as less than human. Slaves in Europe and America suffered unheard of atrocities; we were so debased that Africans were even put in cages in zoos, next to monkeys, and displayed as animals. In Arabia, young African men were castrated before being put into service and pre-teen virgins were violated and kept as concubines! The atrocities in apartheid South Africa need not be mentioned. We want to know why then are Shekau and his cohorts are slaughtering fellow Africans like cows and goats? We want to know why has Shekau and his cohorts made the life of our citizens as cheap as the lives of goats and chickens?
Q6. WHAT IS SHEKAU’S MOTIVATION?
BOKO HARAM’S VALUES. No one who has been a part of the genuine African experience would desire to pour needless affliction on any black citizen of any nation. From the years 650 A.D. to 1900, between 11 to 18 million Africans were exported as slaves to the Arabian Peninsula through the Sahara desert, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. In Europe and America, no less than 20 million Africans were imported as slaves from West Africa until 1827. These atrocities were approved and promoted by all the major religions of the world. Who sent a black man like Shekau to repeat these same atrocities against people of his own colour?
Q7. WHAT IS BOKO HARAM’S PHILOSOPHY?
THE SPIRIT OF BOKO HARAM. Again, looking back into history, different civilizations denigrated the African continent with philosophies, such as the Hegelian, Apartheid and Nazi philosophies. Aided by similar sophisticated mechanisms like the Darwinian theory of evolution, selective breeding, and segregation the road was paved for gross abuses of the black man. Why are Shekau and his gang, using the same philosophies to promote inequality, gender discrimination and gross abuse of human rights in Nigeria?
Nigeria was created by God, to champion the cause of Africa and the restore the dignity of the black race. But we must admit that progress has been slow and Nigeria has failed to live up to that expectation. However, the use of terror and violence is definitely not the way forward and it is unacceptable for any fellow African to erase the little progress that has been recorded. The Africa lesson from the Nigerian example stands clear: when good men in successive generations refuse to stand against corruption and gross abuse to move the nation forward, mad men will arise to afflict the nation under the guise of revolt to move everyone back.
Signed NOVAD YOUTH