Boko Haram on Track to Create Islamic State in Nigeria
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Aug 19
Officials now fear that militant group Boko Haram is on track to create an Islamic state in Nigeria reports Christian Today.
The group’s acts of terrorism throughout Nigeria has gleaned worldwide attention; however, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across the country. The predominantly Christian Borno and Yobe states face particular danger of becoming Islamic caliphates.
"The possible dangers for Nigeria and the region if this insurgency is not contained may have been underestimated, as has Boko Haram's military capacity," said Dr. Khataza Gondwe of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
Boko Haram’s attack tactics are becoming more advanced as the group gains influence. 10,000 Gwoza residents have been forced out of their homes to escape the violence of the militants.
Many are concerned that increased international attention on Iraq is leaving Boko Haram to gain power in Nigeria as it recruits more members from Cameroon, Niger and Chad. It is unknown how many active Boko Haram militants exist.
Publication date: August 19, 2014