Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?

What did Nigeria do to find itself mentioned in the same sentence as "terrorism", and be blacklisted in the same illustrious company as Somalia, Afghanistan and Libya? Firstly, the U.S. list of countries that will be subjected to additional security scrutiny (the "List") did not list Nigeria as a state sponsor of terror. The List has two parts. The first part consists of countries the U.S. considers as "state sponsors of terrorism": Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. The second part of contains countries that the U.S. considers as "countries of interest": Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

RACIAL PROFILING WORKS: FACT

So why are the American government brazenly singling out certain countries like this? Firstly, America is not Britain. Terror is a new reality for Americans, and they are jittery. The British reacted to the July 2005 train bombings with their usual stiff upper lip because decades of bombing by the IRA has stiffened their resolve. Terror on American soil began only in the modern era. Americans are simply not accustomed to tumbling skyscrapers, and exploding planes and city centres. Obama has to worry about something that Nigerian leaders rarely care about: public opinion. Obama does not want the Neo-Cons and Republicans to "out security" him. There is competition in U.S. politics to see who can be more rightwing and hard-line on terror and security. In America, elections are REAL and if Obama is not seen as being tough on terror, he might get voted out of office. In America, election results are determined by votes cast at polling stations, not by shady deals

struck in hotel suites with bag fulls of Naira. Obama made this move for domestic consumption. He has to LOOK as if he is doing something proactive to protect his people. You will not find many Americans that have problems with the List.

The List amounts to racial profiling. No amount of spin can hide that. Is profiling moral? No. But does it work? YES. Israel has conducted racial profiling of Palestinians and other Arabs with success for decades. Israel is subjected to more security pressures than any other country on Earth, yet when was the last time you heard of someone getting on board an Israeli plane with bombs? The English police used to profile the Irish during the IRA bombing campaign. Even benign entities like car insurance companies profile and demand higher insurance premiums from car drivers aged under 25 because they cause a disproportionately high number of road accidents.

Even Nigerians are not above racial profiling. Ask yourself what you would think if a foreigner tried to murder several hundred Nigerian citizens simultaneously? Most adult Nigerians are familiar with "Ghana Must Go" bags. Does anyone remember where the phrase originated from? It originated from Nigeria's 1980s knee-jerk expulsion of several million Ghanaian citizens at short notice - whom were blamed for crime and exacerbating Nigeria's economic crisis. If Nigeria could expel over a million Ghanaians because some of them were accused of nothing more sinister than illegal immigration and petty crime, how do you expect the Americans to react to someone that attempted to murder several hundred of its citizens?

SWISS CHEESE LIST

The List has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. Firstly, why is the List even being published? That does not seem like a very security conscious thing to do. Surely terrorists will just find someone from countries other than those on the List to act as bomb couriers? They have already been trying to find Caucasian bombers for several years because they know Arabs were being profiled.

For internal flights within the U.S., it will not make a dent because most people in the U.S. use driving licenses (not passports) as identification when they fly. So there is absolutely no way of knowing the nationality of a passenger on a U.S. internal flight, so long as (s)he knows how to drive.

Remember the "shoe bomber" Richard Reid? He was British. Another huge loophole is that several Muslims of Pakistani/other Asian descent hold British passports. Yet they will be able to fly into the U.S. without any additional scrutiny. Speaking of Britain, that country is more qualified to be on the List than Nigeria is. Mutallab's radicalisation occurred in Britain where he was the president of the University College London Islamic society. For the Americans and Nigerians reading this, that is like being the president of the Islamic society at a prestigious university like Harvard, ABU or UNN. In 2003, a British citizen named Assaf Mohammed Hanif carried out a suicide bombing in Israel that killed three people and wounded scores of others. His accomplice Omar Khan Sharif (also a British citizen), fled when his bomb failed to detonate. His corpse was later found on a beach. Both men entered Israel with their British passports. The 4 men who carried out

the July 2005 train bombings in London in which 56 people were killed, were all British citizens - three of them were actually born in Britain. So in the past six years multiple British citizens have carried out terrorist attacks in which scores of people have been killed in a geographic area spanning thousands of miles from the middle east to central Europe to north America. Yet Britain is not on the List, and Nigeria is.

15 of of the 19 September 11, 2001 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. The other four consisted of an Egyptian, two from the United Arab Emirates, and one Lebanese. So why are Egypt and the UAE not on the List? As well as an Egyptian being among the September 11 bombers, Osama bin Laden's right hand man Ayman Al-Zawahiri is also Egyptian, and the U.S./Israeli nemesis Hamas was born from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

So Britain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have multiple overlapping connections with terrorist activity, yet none of them is on the List and Nigeria is, when for the first time in Nigeria's 90 years plus existence as a corporate entity, a Nigerian attempted a terror attack after being radicalised in Britain and Yemen. The attack was not condoned by the Nigerian federal government or the government of any Nigerian state, and the attacker's father had warned the authorities of his son's radicalisation. How many of the numerous terrorists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, or Pakistan were ostracised and reported to their authorities by their own parents? So why did other countries escape the List, and how did Nigeria find itself on the List? Nigeria has fallen victim to its moral and religious ambivalence, and is being punished for its "previous record" in other areas that have nothing to do with terrorism.

To be continued......

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Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
Byndaletto posted on 01-20-2010, 09:27:40 AM
thank you for sharing this view with all enlightened people!

but i also want you to build every single case on solid rock. when you say driver's licence in the US doesn't show ur nationality, not true bro. there's the back-end which allows even roadside cops to tell your life story from that simple document...

they can even tell u just bought a thick underpant from FRUIT OF THE BOOM, sorry LOOM!
Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
Bill Carson posted on 01-20-2010, 10:48:18 AM
Nigeria is a terrorist Haven/a failed State and should be given a much suitable Pariah status. The act of terrorism currently carried out by the Talabans in Jos should alert the Western Intelligence Services to the likely next phase/target of Nigeria Government Sponsored and controlled terrorism. It is on record that the Controversial uneducated wife (sold her daughter to a man whose Children are older than her as a wife)of the sick president of failed Nigeria State went to Central Mosque in Jos to vow revenge for the losses suffered by her Muslim brothers and sisters (the revenge we are currently witnessing)

American and European Government should seriously consider the total ban of direct flights from Nigeria to their respective countries. The safety of Western Citizens should at all time out weight any likely economic losses. A hob or holding centre can be found in one of the Islands off the Atlantic like Cape Verde etc. National Carriers can bring in Passengers from Nigeria, then proper search conducted by Professional Security Personals that are not influenced by Nepotism, Big Manism, Religion and Tribalism.

I'll borrow from my Brother IgboamaezeÂ…Â… Hausa abatala Jos
Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
Eire posted on 01-21-2010, 07:24:55 AM
Question: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
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Answer: YES
Unless we want to call the innocent murder of southern Nigerian Christians in the last 4 decades in northern Nigeria something else because they are not Americans.


[U]By Max Siollun
What did Nigeria do to find itself mentioned in the same sentence as "terrorism", and be blacklisted in the same illustrious company as Somalia, Afghanistan and Libya?

Northern Nigeria has the same disease in-common with these countries, Islamic intolerance and mass murder of non-believers! Prove me or the Americans wrong!!!


Firstly, the U.S. list of countries that will be subjected to additional security scrutiny (the “List” did not list Nigeria as a state sponsor of terror.
We were very fortunate because I will say Nigeria is infact a state sponsor of terrorism - The president (head of government) is openly supporter of sharia and Islamic intolerance and he has failed time and time again to rise up to the eradication of such under his leadership! He could easily be no different from Omar Bashir of Sudan!

The List has two parts. The first part consists of countries the U.S. considers as "state sponsors of terrorism": Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.
There has been more terrorist murders by Islamic militants in Nigeria than ever recorded in Cuba so I don't know what Cuba is doing there!

So why are the American government brazenly singling out certain countries like this?
It is all well and good to lay the blame squarely at the door step of America, while they may be a bad country for lop-sided politics and racial(status) malfeasance, they did not ask us to have a missing in-action president, or breed 70 million Islamic militants who celebrate attacks by terrorists the world over.

In America, elections are REAL and if Obama is not seen as being tough on terror, he might get voted out of office. In America, election results are determined by votes cast at polling stations, not by shady deals
True, but India has more terrorists than Nigeria but they are a US partner and a serious ally so they will not make it on the list. All that was required for Obama not to carry out his threat of including Nigeria in a terrorist list at the outset was a leader that will assure him Nigeria is dealing with the issue internally and then provide all necessary apparatus to isolate the terrorists. We did not do that!!!

Is profiling moral? No. But does it work? YES.
I prefer to use status profiling than racial, India and Ghana may not be subjected to the same system depending on their world standing in the comity of nations.

Israel has conducted racial profiling of Palestinians and other Arabs with success for decades.
More like ideological, religious and cultural profiling. Many Palestinians look exactly like many Israelis, they just think different! I have been there so I know.

Max, you did capture the politics of this issue but I have to say you erred on your conclusions, it seriously smacks of the typical Nigerian "lay the blame somewhere else" shenanigans! Many Nigerians always seem to live in denial (or acute ignorance)". no one takes any prisoners in politics, anything that can subdue or subjugate another nation will be done in order to win some kind of diplomatic advantage, we do it to other African nations just like the Americans bully the rest of the world including allies like Britain and India! to avoid it many nations play the politics well, Nigeria is missing in action on this! Internal issues and a socially lazy and inactive citizenry has helped to undermine our influence.

As such you will always find citizens who do not live up to their obligations blaming someone else for their misfortunes, you then hear rubbish like
1, our problem is leadership - meaning we are too lazy to get up and fight for our rights to install decent leadership

2, there is no terrorism in Nigeria - meaning we are aware there are 70 million people who are ready to terrorise and kill non-believers in Nigeria and abroad but WE DON'T WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW OR RECOGNISE IT.

3, We are aware that most of the stuff we are being accused of are true to a large extent but we prefer the world pretends its is not there. Lets use profiling and segregation to fight it instead of dealing with it internally!

Face reality and maybe (just maybe) we can start doing something about the issues!
Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
Ofunwa Villager posted on 01-21-2010, 07:31:07 AM
No matter how you try to flesh out this issue, no amount of penetrative argument will convince me otherwise, Nigeria is both a terrorist heaven and a state sponsor of terror. Agreed Saudi Arabia is the womb of Islamic terrorism, Britain is full of fire spitting terrorists ready to strike at any given time. But the one and most important area every analyst seem to neglect is the frightening number of Nigerian lives slaughtered by Hausa/Fulani Islamic terrorists since Independence. Makes me wonder why it is called terrorism when one of these mad dogs stabs a few white skins with a kitchen knife and then it is religious clashes when thousands of unsuspecting christians are burnt alive in their churches by the same people. Unconfortable as it is, still analyst after analyst keeps returning to the same sick argument, trying to compare Nigeria and its' likes in terror. Who can point at any nation in that list that has spilt so much blood as Nigeria in acts of terrorism directed against its' own people???
Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
Law Mefor posted on 01-23-2010, 08:13:55 AM
While disagreeing with the US for rebranding and placing Nigeria on terror watch list, pray, what exactly is the difference between Boko Haram's Yusuf the jihadist and Farouk Mutallab the bomber?
It is important to spot the difference if any, to enable us to be more objective in coming to terms with the US decision.
Re: Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?
RAYNOSA posted on 01-23-2010, 11:24:01 AM
Re:Is Nigeria A Terrorist Haven?........Very True.
Nigeria has every elements of a terrorism.....Corruption,Poverty,poor education,high level of unemployment.
If the US is indeed ready to fight terrorism in Nigeria they should come and pick up those sponsoring religious riot in Nigeria,these same people have sympathy for Al-Qaeda
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