The next islamic State
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.