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Boko Haram threatens all of West Africa, says priest

September 11, 2014

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has told the Fides news agency that he believes reports that Muslim figures in the ruling political party have provided financial support to Boko Haram in order to help ensure a Muslim is elected the nation’s next president.

The Islamist militant organization “risks becoming an international threat for the whole of West Africa,” said Father Patrick Tor Alumuku. “The greatest concern is that even if the Muslims were to win the elections, not even they would have control over Boko Haram, because it has become an international organization connected with other jihadist movements, including the Somalian al-Shabaab and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

“Boko Haram has proclaimed a caliphate in the area under its control in the north of Nigeria,” he added, “and I doubt they would abandon it because a Muslim has become the president of Nigeria. What was just a small fire in the north of Nigeria threatens to become an enormous blaze in the very heart of Africa.”

 


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  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 12, 2014 2:02 AM ET USA

    "What was just a small fire in the north of Nigeria threatens to become an enormous blaze in the very heart of Africa.” How prophetic this is. The US moved to deal with the other caliphate in Iraq, but little has been done about this one. Still no word about the kidnapped Christian girls and the terrorist attacks against Catholics and churches continues.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 11, 2014 7:33 AM ET USA

    Curious, isn't it, how realism and common sense are the leitmotif of almost all Catholic priests and prelates in direct contact with Mohammedanism. It is only those in the Vatican or those working around the globe for organizations like USCCB, ensconced comfortably away from the front lines so to speak, who prattle on about Islam being a "religion of peace" or about its having something in common with Judaism and Christianity. I guess distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder.