Islamic State teaches children to execute Nigerian soldiers
Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Time
Earlier this month, Islamists linked to Bello Turji loyalists – who want all Christian churches closed in Zamfara state – were responsible for the murder of 200 villagers in this part of Nigeria. Since then, other massacres have taken place against Christians and Muslims by Sunni Islamist militants. Therefore, the latest video of indoctrinated Muslim children killing two Nigerian soldiers only highlights the utter brutality of various Islamic forces in Nigeria.
The Voice of America reports, A video released this week by the Nigerian terrorist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) appears to show armed children executing two military officers. Security experts say the recruitment of Nigerian children into violent extremism is hampering authorities’ efforts to end the insurgency.
In Syria, Sunni Islamists trained children to behead Syrian soldiers – so a similar pattern is emerging in Nigeria. However, despite the endless massacres against Christians and Muslims by various Islamic extremist forces – or the massacres of Fulani Muslims against Christians – little has changed decade after decade in Nigeria.
The Modern Tokyo Times recently said: “In Nigeria, countless massacres are committed year after year and decade after decade. Also, the massacres are sometimes ethnic but with anti-Christian connotations – or apparently Sunni Islamists, concerning Boko Haram or ISIS (Islamic State in the province of West Africa)”.
In the past, Boko Haram has used child suicide bombers to kill many innocent civilians. Therefore, the latest video of children killing Nigerian soldiers is the continuation of Sunni Islamic terrorist barbarism in that country. The nations of the region are also suffering from the dismal failure of successive Nigerian governments unable to contain the crisis.
More than 2 million people have fled inside Nigeria and another two million in the Lake Chad region concerning neighboring countries. At the same time, other forces, including the Fulani massacres against Christians, ISWAP, Bello Turji loyalists, etc., are exerting enormous pressure on Nigeria.
Last year, the Christian Association of Nigeria said: “President Buhari should also order the police to charge all suspected kidnappers, bandits and terrorists in his custody with a view to arresting those who commit the atrocities. Failure to do so will force the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to ask its members to adopt the principle of self-defense wherever security agencies appear compromised.
Nigeria cannot continue to follow the endless path of death, Islamist terrorism, ethnic massacres and the destabilization of neighboring nations.
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