ATbar Winds of war in Nigeria and the ‘Tropical Shi'ism Zone’

Winds of war in Nigeria and the ‘Tropical Shi'ism Zone’

12/01/2016 | by Doukhan, David (Dr.)  

This article will not be examine the Winds of war stemming from the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), specifically the first Nigerian-Biafra war. To clarify, the pro-Biafra's call for the independence of territories which constituted the Biafra Republic, was established in 1967 and re-annexed to Nigeria in 1970, following a civil war that claimed between one and three million lives. The protesters increased their actions a few days after Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group was apprehended in Lagos in October 2015. As in the past, police and security forces used brutal force to disperse the protesters during these demonstrations.

Additionally, the actual military situation on the battlefield in North-east Nigeria, in the context of the war against the Boko Haram insurgency, will not be examined in this article. It is believed that the Nigerian military and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), supported by foreign consultants and sophisticated means (such as drones operated by U.S. soldiers), have succeeded in weakening Boko Haram’s operational capabilities, so that the group can no longer retain any territory.Despite these counter-terrorist measures, Boko Haram is still an active group that executes almost on a daily basis, suicide bombing attacks in populated civilian areas throughout the country, targeting bus and taxi stations, markets and other places, throughout the country and are not solely contained to North-east of Nigeria. The attacks are primarily perpetrated by teenage girls.

In this article, I will attempt to examine the Winds of war coming from the Shia minority in Nigeria, in order to, assess the degree of danger these groups pose to Nigeria, with the understanding that the Shiite minority and the religious movement are openly supported by Iran, which is looking to expand its revolutionary ideology. Iran, in my opinion, is seeking to create a ‘Tropical Shia Zone’ as part of the ‘Shia Crescent’ within its aspiration for regional hegemony and to become, a global super-power that is recognized in any geo-politics negotiations. The Iranian nuclear program; the subversion in foreign countries; and the support given to terrorist organizations, should be regarded as tools utilized by Iran, to further its intermediate objectives of becoming a global super-power.

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