The Christian Examiner quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the recent violence levied by the terrorist organization Boko Haram which has left more than 2,000 Nigerians dead:
“Boko Haram’s videos show a troubling convergence between Nigerians militants and their ISIS counterparts not only in terms of symbolism and ideology, but also insurgency doctrine,” wrote Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, in an opinion piece posted on CNN.com’s Global Public Square.
“Even more worrisome than Boko Haram’s extremist ideology and gruesome terrorist acts should be the increasing military sophistication demonstrated by the Nigerian militants,” Pham continued. “What makes the threat from Boko Haram all the more significant is the political and economic context of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and the largest economy on the continent.”
The international community needs to be involved with the protection of Nigeria’s people, said Pham and others, such as Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku, a Southern Baptist, who spoke with Diana Chandler for a Jan. 12 article on the Baptist Press website,www.bpnews.net.