Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
For more than a year, I have investigated possible connections or collaborations between Boko Haram and the Islamic State ~ISIS/ ISIL.
Initially, there was no known link between the two organisations.
My engagement on Twitter with ISIS members and advocates about the situation in Iraq and Syria commenced well before ISIS invaded Mosul and sparked another round of farcical empathy worldwide.
The ideology of the Islamic State was a concern.
To have a good grasp of what goes on in the mind of armed Islamic State operatives, I interacted and debated at length with them on Twitter.
Other concerned Muslims did the same.
Approximately six months after the initial question on the existence of contacts between ISIS and Boko Haram, I repeated the question to another ISIS member.
In the response, the said individual claimed to not be the right person to address the question.
That was some months after the declaration of a Khilaphate by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Since, there has been increasing evidence of at least online material support from ISIS towards Boko Haram.
Right from the outset of my research, there were some hints of Nigerians resident in Nigeria intending to take part in insurgency.
These Nigerians desire what they term martyrdom, presumably alongside ISIS, though one cannot rule out the insurgency in our very own backyard in North-Eastern Nigeria.
Yesterday, the hint became overt when I saw on the social media, Twitter, a Nigerian explicitly make efforts towards joining ISIS.
Imagine my horror this morning when I saw news reports the son of a former Chief Justice Of Nigeria have travelled to Turkey with his wives and children allegedly to cross into Syria and join the Islamic Khaliphate [Caliphate].
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