Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Nigeria. The stories here come from users.


Boko Haram sponsors: Terror has no religion

19 September 2014, 08:18 Peregrino Brimah

People try to associate terror with religion. There is a desire to affiliate terror with religion. We feel comfortable designating terrorists within religious or tribal clusters. This is human; it gives us a delineable group to target or avoid. But there is a fundamental problem in this; by strictly resolving and limiting terror to particular associations we end up protecting it, assisting it and fail to be able to end it.

Terror has no religion; it has no ethnic or tribal affiliation. There are two groups known to humanity: the good and the evil. Terrorists belong to the evil group. Within this evil group, all evil men are partakers. Within this group there is no bias, men of all religions and tribes are employed. The goal is evil and anyone good at evil is employed. It is easy and terrorists prefer to brainwash and recruit foot soldiers with common affiliations, but when one looks at the top of almost all terror groups in history, the leadership itself are always clearly ungodly folk, who make interfaith and intertribal betraying affiliations which prove their non allegiance to their portrayed religious or ethnic brand. Sheep in wolf’s’ skin.

Nigeria is confused right now, it was revealed that the top sponsor of Boko Haram, a radical “islamist” terrorist group in the north, is a Christian man from the south. To make matters worse, the man is an army General whose perceived job is combating the very terror. By our preconceived perceptions, some of us rule that out as impossibility and discourage looking any further. But we conveniently forget that the leader of the counterpart Southern terrorist group, MEND, who some view as the lead terror utilizing group for the purpose of emancipation, is Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, a Muslim, whose name is “Jihad.” The irony of it.

Would you like to have your article or opinion published on News24? Email your thoughts to nigeria@news24.com

If a Muslim can be the leader of the Southern terror group, why can a Christian not be the leader of the northern terrorist group? We should be able to ask and investigate; we do not want to miss the solution to our crisis till it engulfs us completely. We should study the factors that bring terrorists together: blood, money, politics. When the CIA was alleged to have revealed that Boko Haram and MEND collaborate, we found that hard to believe. They collaborate in gun running and narcotics trade.

When we are looking for the gun runners, we must be liberal. We cannot profile. Profiling will make us miss our mark. Indeed many or even, most of the gun runners for Boko Haram that have been caught have been distant ethnic groups and of other faith. This is the reality of terror. Many supporters, sponsors and partners in terror, do so for the money; for politics; and even just for the kick of it. We must ask why the Jonathan administration has been sympathetic to the sponsors of terror and unable for its five years to arrest and prosecute a single one. Perhaps the reasons are far from what we embraced. Jonathan did not hesitate to strongly attack HRH Emir Sanusi when Sanusi exposed his interests. Jonathan then was not scared to seize Sanusi’s passport and stop him from travelling. The Presidency even concocted pathetic evidence against his person at the time.

If Jonathan can dare such to one of the north’s most respected men, then why has he not done so to the real Boko Haram sponsors if indeed they are strictly northern and Muslim men? That would be less controversial and if he flushed Nigeria with evidence, he will even score great points for protecting Nigerian masses and not merely himself and Diezani. We must begin to think of whether he fails to arrest the sponsors because as he says, they (Boko Haram and their sponsors) are his siblings, people he regards as his family. People he protects by affiliation. People he takes care of and who likewise take care of his interests and political ambition.

Also Read: Global Fundraiser as civilians take war to Boko Haram

The devil rules terror and he can use any man. No man is too big and none too small to be employed in terror. Boko Haram is destroying Nigeria but only because we fail to right our consciences, purify our hearts and come together to face and attack all elements in this terror from the nation’s top leadership, through its local elders and religious leaders, to its military brass. We are torn by tribal, political and religious desperation as promoted by the sponsors of terror and this stalls our ability to defeat terror.

We hope Nigerians will allow the war against terror to be de-tribalised and de-religionized. 

Our blood is crimson and our ashes are gray, when terror kills us, we all turn to dust the same way.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...