by Jim Kouri
Clash Daily Contributer
The bloodthirsty and brutal Islamic terrorist group. Boko Haram, appears to be attempting to show the world that they’re equal opportunity kidnappers on Friday when they invaded a village in Nigeria and abducted dozens of boys and young men, loaded them on trucks, and then drove out of the village with them, according to news reports in Africa and the Middle East.
Boko Haram created an international firestorm when its terrorists in April kidnapped hundreds of Nigeria schoolgirls from predominately Christian village of Chibok. The al-Qaida affiliate is fighting to establish an Islamic caliphate much the same as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created in parts of Syria and Iraq.
On Sunday in the village of Doron Baga near Lake Chad, the Islamic terrorists burned homes and slaughtered civilians and they are believed to have abducted more than 90 Nigerians.
Boko Haram is recognized by many the biggest security threat to Nigeria which is Africa’s top economy and oil producer. The jihadists have increased their terror operations that target civilians and the group is becoming more and more violent and brutal.
The group began kidnapping boys and forcing them to fight and abducting girls as sex slaves as the jihadists became less and less popular. “Nigeria’s democracy is being tested by recurring violence, attacks and threats against Christians by Boko Haram, and the misuse of religion by politicians, religious leaders, and others,” according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
In its 2014 Annual Report, officials at the USCIRF stated:
In a country where religion and religious identity are intertwined in ethnic, political, economic, and social controversies, these dynamics strain already tense Christian-Muslim relations. While the Nigerian government does not engage in religious persecution, it tolerates severe violations through its failure to bring to justice those responsible for systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations, or to prevent or contain sectarian violence. Boko Haram benefits from this culture of impunity and lawlessness as it exploits religious tensions to destabilize Nigeria.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to KGAB radio news, a Fox News affiliate.