The next is­lamic State

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SUn­day Adole

Jonah, depart­ment of Physics, Fed­eral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, minna, niger State: To what cat­e­gory do you be­long? To you, is the con­cept of the “Is­lamic State” ab­stract or real with ge­o­graphic bound­aries? Just spare a thought to think about it. I can safely wa­ger that, to most peo­ple, the con­cept of the “Is­lamic State” is an ab­stract phi­los­o­phy es­pous­ing Is­lamic ideals in the midst of a fast-chang­ing world that Mus­lims find them­selves in. These times

are es­pe­cially trou­bling for prac­tis­ing Mus­lims, what with tech­nol­ogy trans­form­ing so­ci­eties, and get­ting hooked on “soft liv­ing” comes with the price of fem­i­nism (see how Saudi Ara­bian girls are ditch­ing their chadors?).

To hard­core Is­lamists, then, only the idea of a state with bound­aries that truly de­fines a “greater Mus­lim co-pros­per­ity sphere” in­su­lated from the chang­ing world would suf­fice. No won­der these hard­core el­e­ments mi­grated in droves to the world of Abu Bakr al-bagh­dadi; Rus­sian and Amer­i­can bombs may have tem­po­rar­ily put a hold to in­syria-cum-iraq mi­gra­tion by sin­cere Mus­lims but that does not mean that other climes wouldn’t be good can­di­dates for an Is­lamic State.

One such can­di­date is the stretch of Sa­he­lian ter­ri­tory travers­ing north­east Nige­ria, Niger, and Mali where hard­core Is­lamists (call them “ter­ror­ists” if you like) are do­ing their best to ex­pro­pri­ate land­hold­ings from the weak gov­ern­ments of these coun­tries and hold­ing fast on to them for a new IS do­main; who has not yet no­ticed the pat­tern of sol­dier-slaugh­ter by these ter­ror­ists across Nige­ria, Niger, and Mali? Usu­ally, it is mass-slaugh­ter of for­ward-oper­a­tions army units and for­ma­tions in ad­vance lo­ca­tions and far-off prov­inces and then oc­cu­pa­tion of these prov­inces whilst, es­pe­cially here in Nige­ria, the Army, the Pres­i­dency, and the state gover­nors glee­fully in­form gullible Nige­ri­ans that the ter­ror­ists have been “tech­ni­cally de­feated” or that these ter­ror­ists are “bet­ter armed with so­phis­ti­cated weapons.” Is this what gov­er­nance is all about? Should those in author­ity be paint­ing ro­man­tic pic­tures of ter­ror­ists who go on a slaugh­ter spree? Ul­ti­mately, as these ter­ror­ists gain ter­ri­to­ries, in parcels and acres, they will soon link up to form a con­tigu­ous whole to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive to the real es­tate that al-bagh­dadi lost in the Le­vant. Thus, a new state of Is­lam crops up in sub-sa­hara Africa to serve as a mag­net for hard­core be­liev­ers from ev­ery part of the world.

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