Northern Nigeria is fast becoming the next northern Mali

Published 6 years ago by: OK Jazz
at 12:43 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)

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Well folks this is what I saw in Washington Post this morning, Northern Nigeria will soon become the next Northern Mali if we do not fight for our freedom.
“On a sweltering afternoon, Islamist police officers dragged Fatima Al Hassan out of her house in the fabled city of Timbuktu. They beat her up, shoved her into a white pickup truck and drove her to their headquarters. She was locked up in a jail as she awaited her sentence: 100 lashes with an electrical cord. “Why are you doing this?” she recalled asking. Hassan was being punished for giving water to a male visitor. The Islamist police had spotted Hassan giving water to a male visitor at her house last month. Hassan’s brother knew an Islamist commander and pleaded for mercy. After spending 18 hours in jail, she was set free with a warning. The next day, she fled here to Segou, a town in southern Mali that has taken in thousands of the displaced, mostly women and children. It was fortunate, Hassan said, that she was handing the glass to her friend out on the veranda. “If they had found me with him near the bedroom, they would have shot us both on the spot,” she said.
The Islamist radicals who seized a vast arc of territory in northern Mali in the spring are intensifying their brutality against the population, according to victims, human rights groups Refugees fleeing the north are now bringing stories that are darker than those recounted in interviews from this summer.  The refugees say the Islamists are molesting and forcibly marrying women, and recruiting children for armed conflict.
Two weeks ago, the Islamists publicly whipped three couples 100 times each in Timbuktu for not being married.
On Oct. 9, Mariam Conate, 15, was walking to her uncle’s house in Timbuktu. She had forgotten to fully cover her face. Two Islamist police officers confronted her, and “one held me, the other beat me with the barrel of his gun,” Conate recalled. “They took me to their headquarters and threw me into a room. They locked the door and left.” Outside, her jailors discussed her future. One wanted to cut off her ears as punishment. The other wanted to send her to a prison where six of her friends had been raped, she said. She was also worried that she would be forced to marry a militant, a fate her cousin had recently suffered. “As I listened, I was trembling and crying,” Conate said.
Publicly, though, the Islamists have claimed moral righteousness, banning sex before marriage. In August, they stoned a couple to death after accusing them of adultery. Now the Islamists are systematically asking men and women who walk together whether they are married. In the town of Kidal, the Islamists are making lists of unmarried pregnant women in order to punish them and their partners. “They are going around asking every pregnant woman who made her pregnant,” said Alkaya Toure, an official with Cri de Coeur, a Malian human rights group. “They also rely on spies inside the populations in Gao, Timbuktu and elsewhere.”
But as a reward for loyalty, the Islamists have found a religious loophole. They have encouraged their fighters to marry women and girls, some as young as 10, and often at gunpoint. After sex, they initiate a quick divorce. In an extreme case that has shocked the country, a girl in Timbuktu was forced last month to “marry” six fighters in one night, according to a report in one of Mali’s biggest newspapers. In a telephone interview, a senior Islamist commander conceded that his fighters were marrying young girls. “Our religion says that if a girl is 12, she must get married to avoid losing her virginity in a wrong way,” said Oumar Ould Hamaha, the military leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, one of the three radical groups ruling the north.
Juddu Bojuama, 26, was thrown in jail, accused by the Islamist police of drinking a beer. He denials went unheard. “They beat me 100 times with a tree branch,” he said, pointing at his back and legs.
Dedeou, a laborer, suffered even more. He recalled having no lawyer when he stood before an Islamic judge on charges of stealing a mattress. Afterward, he said, police tied his arms and legs and took away his cellphone. They took him to a clearing near the Niger River, where a man gave him two injections that put him to sleep. Dedeou woke up in a hospital. His right hand had been amputated. An Islamist fighter, standing guard at his bedside, uttered a judgment that Dedeou said he could never forget:
Now, my question is could northern Nigeria be the next northern mali?”

Source: Washingtonpost.com
link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-northern-mali-islamists-attacks-against-civilians-grow-more-brutal/2012/12/11/5b74a734-3e46-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html?wp_login_redirect=0

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Rihannaaa at 02:48 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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May God never allow that. They shall not succeed in Jesus name !!

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dlimelite at 04:42 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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May God protect Nigeria with the canopy of the blood of Jesus. Amen!!
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dlimelite at 04:43 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: Rihannaaa on 02:48 AM, 27/01/2013
May God never allow that. They shall not succeed in Jesus name !!
Amen
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micc at 06:24 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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This is serious o  Roll Eyes
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winace at 06:51 AM, 27/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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It won't be so for nigeria cus they will see trouble dat they won't be able to stand it. Even d muslims will fight those insurgent.
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odprince at 04:01 PM, 18/02/2013 (6 years ago)
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it will soon be northern Mali....unless those minister signed the Document so we can joined Sudan which have divided into two.......God help us......
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