Northern Nigeria, particularly the northeast region, has suffered under the terrorist violence instigated by Boko Haram. They have also attacked targets in Abuja, the capital. These attacks have resulted in many innocent lives lost, including civilians, police and military personnel. Boko Haram is an acronym for the Hausa phrase “Western Education Forbidden”. They have bombed army barracks, police headquarters, and places of worship such as mosques and churches. Their suicide bombers have brought death and destruction to public places such as markets, and social gatherings. The worst affected areas have been in Borno, Katsina, and Kaduna states, all in Northern Nigeria.
Bishop John has spoken eloquently on the best ways to counter this ideology in the long term. “Many believe that their stated aim of resisting western education is just a pretext for a much wider terrorist insurgency promoting an extreme version of Islam. This is why it is essential to use our resources in our country to educate our young people and to provide jobs so that they will not be led into such a terrorist organization. I believe that many of our corrupt politicians and those that Boko Haram uses to achieve their aims are illiterate and jobless; they are disaffected and don’t see a future for themselves. Such individuals are those that Boko Haram targets for recruitment. The present Administration wants to fight illiteracy and the many forces that have resisted growth, peaceful coexistence and development for our nation. Nigeria has the resources to develop a strong economy that will benefit all”
Africa Education Partnership is supporting Graceland International School; we are privileged to be a part of working to bring peace to this troubled region.