West & Central Africa

Muslim families ‘donate’ their daughters as suicide bombers.

The Nigerian army confirmed the long held speculation that Boko Haram still has many followers and sympathisers among muslims in Nigeria who agree with and support the Islamic terrorist group’s ideology and jihad.

General Sani Usman in Maiduguri told newsmen that the military discovered through interrogations of young female suicide bombers who had been intercepted, that their parents had ‘donated’ them to the terror group.

General Sani said that adherents and supporters of Boko Haram are a sizeable proportion of the Muslim
population in north-east Nigeria.

He declared: “The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable.”

He added, “Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers through suicide bombings.”

The army pleaded with “religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as all well-meaning Nigerians, especially in the North-East of our country, to help dissuade people from donating their daughters or wards to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide  bombing missions.”

As an incentive, the army is giving “reward of N500,000 (about £1000) to anybody that brings information about suicide bombing,” the general added.

Reports have shown that in the first six months in 2017, at least 145 young girls have died as suicide bombers championing Boko Haram missions in north eastern Nigeria.

The young Muslim girls, mostly aged between 10 and 25 targeted internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps, security check points and public places like markets. The girls at some attacks, would carry toddlers and babies on their backs with the explosives to avoid detection,

Areas most hit by the female suicide bombers include included Muna Garage, Mammanti village, Jiddari Polo, Ummarari and Dalori, all in Borno State.

 

Hassan John is West Africa for GCN and a Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

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