10 February, 2014
By Yerima Kini Nsom
The Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has threatened to strike in Cameroon if it continues to meddle in its conflict with the Abuja Government. The warning is contained in a strongly worded letter reportedly written in Arabic by frontliners of the Islamic sect.
According to the French language weekly,Le Septentrion, that covers the three Northern Regions, the letter states that Boko Haram does not have any problem with the Cameroon Government, but would be forced to strike if it continues to detain their members.
The threats came in the wake of
allegations that elements of the sect
were entering Cameroon at will because of the porous border between Cameroon and Nigeria in the Northern Regions. That is why it was easy for elements of the sect to kidnap French nationals in the Far
North Region last year at very short
In a reaction to the press, the Lamido cum Mayor of Banyo in the Adamawa Region, Mohaman Gabdo Yaya, said the threats from Boko Haram are real. He remarked that the Northern border line Cameroon shares with Nigeria is very porous. To him, the situation is even more complicated because there are tribes in Cameroon that extend across the borders to Nigeria.
He said it was time for religious leaders in the Northern Regions to mobilise and ward off the infiltration
of Boko Haram within the local
communities in the area. The Lamido took exception to the Boko Haram philosophy, saying what they are
doing has nothing to do with Islam. He took exception to claims that Islam is a religion of intolerance, violence and extremism. Nowhere in the Koran, he went on, is it stated that force be used to convert people into Islam.
Meanwhile, a source that spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity from Mokolo in the Far North, said there are many Boko Haram elements in the Region. “When they are chased away by the Nigerian police they run across the borders to live with their relatives in Cameroon. And it is usually very difficult for their relatives to expose them to the administration,” he stated.
In an exclusive interview with The Post recently, Far North Governor, Augustine Fonka Awah, admitted it will be an uphill task identifying Boko Haram elements in the Region because the people don’t wear any uniform and they do not have any identification marks. He appealed to the local communities to remain vigilant and report any suspicious
individuals to the administration.
The Governor said the fight against the infiltrations of Boko Haram depends very much on the collaboration and good faith of the local population.
Meanwhile, many Boko Haram suspects are said to have been caught in the dragnet of the security around the borders in the Far North. The Post learnt that many of such elements were arrested in Maroua and Amchide border area in the Mayo Sava Division of the Far North.
Boko Haram that has wrecked havoc in neighbouring Nigeria is fighting for the imposition of Islam in the country. They have been spreading the fallacy that Western education is bad in all aspects. There are disturbing reports that the sect is gradually making Cameroon their refuge and hub centre