How to tackle Boko Haram terrorism

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How to tackle Boko Haram terrorism

Postby Richard Akindele » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:26 pm

Boko Haram (i.e. western education is an abomination) terrorists kill in the name of Islam. According to them, western education is forbidden, and should be eradicated. We all know this is not what Islam prescribes. Rather it's a bastadization of prophet Mohammed's teachings. The teaching in the Holy Bible can also easily be taken out of context and used as justification to go on a killing rampage.

This fringe Boko Haram group wages their fiendish campaign using the Internet, cellphones, explosives, automatic weapons, automobiles, etc. All products of western education. This sends mixed messages, doesn't it?

One of Boko Haram's primary targets have been schools. Boko Haram surrounds a boarding school in the middle of the night, and begin shooting anybody in sight. The entire building is then set ablaze, just in case any student may still be lurking somewhere in the school. A perfect example of man's inhumanity against man.

As bad as this is, this group upped the ante recently by starting to raze entire villages.

What is president Jonathan doing about this? Well, besides flexing his muscles to remove the crime-fighting Sanusi Lamido, the government hasn't had much of a showing. So, not only is our president not battling the Boko Haram scourge, he is rather going out of his way to get rid of the good guys like Sanusi Lamido.

Most Nigerians at this point just whine, shrug their shoulders, and lament the barbarism of the last Boko Haram strike.

So what could work to figth Boko Haram? Well, if you want to cut down a banana tree, you don't slough off a few branches and call it a day. Rather the entire tree must be uprooted. First, I believe we need to track down the source of the weapons used in these Boko Haram murders. Any country without a sound grip on its borders is just a sitting dock. Our borders must be fenced. That may sound like a pipe dream, but if bigger nations have done it, why can't we!

There is a good possibility that there are customs officials in bed with this terrorist group? So, the president needs to overhaul the customs and excise sector, so we gain full control over what is getting into the country.

Next, our Internet infrastructure must be built up for high speed broadband access. Today, anybody who wants to watch youtube videos over the Internet, must be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it. The idea of watching streaming HD videos is out of the question at this point.

So how would broadband Internet with Boko Haram? The idea is to decentralize the idea of schooling. Thirty students could attend a class from their individual homes, presented live by a teacher. When there is no brick-and-mortar school where students congregate, there is no school to burn down. Of course, this is only a partial solution, since Nigeria doe not have even stable electricity, let alone high speed Internet capable of streaming 1080p HD videos.

High speed Internet would also obviate s on conventional s/shopping malls, since people can now shop online from the convenience of their living rooms. Nigerians can already do that with our handful of online vendors, but I'm referring to the scenario where a percent of Nigerians have easy access to the Internet, at a fraction of their ine.

As remote as these ideas may be, these are things for Goodluck Jonathan, and for future leaders to chew on.

here is a recap...

Have a grip on our porous borders.
Bring 24/7 power supply to the country.
Build up Fiber Optic networks to every home. Check out South Korea, Latvia, Bulgaria, etc for examples.

My solutions cannot be deployed in the short term. But if we're serious about confronting the sophistication of the dangers we face, and restore order in the country, these are challenges that must be met one way or the other.

The Nigerian government has a chronicaly bad track record of not being able to solve problems. But leaders like Babatunde Fashola prs a gleamer of hope, by the profound policies he has triumphantly instituted despite all odds.

Nigeria has all the building blocks for greatness. We just need all hands on deck for the good ideas to gain traction.
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