“Boko Haram is notoriously defuse. One hypothesis I find credible is that it consists of ‘nodes’ in Maiduguri, Kano, and perhaps two or three other locations that operate largely independently of each other. Hence, the Kano and Maiduguri attacks on Sunday, if they were both by Boko Haram, may not have been coordinated”.
These were words of the former United States Envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador John Campbell while reacting to the recent attacks during church services at Bayero University, Kano by terrorists believed to be members of Boko Haram, an Islamic Sect that has been unleashing terrors on innocent Nigerians in the Northern parts of the country.
In the aftermath of the Thursday attacks in Kaduna and Abuja, the attacks in Kano are likely to feed what appears to be a growing sense of panic among the political class in the North and Abuja, he said, stressing that it remained to be seen whether attacks of increasing frequency would have an impact on Lagos and Ibadan, the heart of the modern Nigerian economy and thus far immune to the violence attributed to Boko Haram.
Berating the inability to initiate negotiations between the federal government and Boko Haram, Ambassador John Campbell expressed his dissatisfaction that the latter shows no interest in talks and its likelihood to do so in light of its escalating attacks.
Just on Tuesday, the extremist group, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihadl, popularly called Boko Haram named more media houses and staff as targets of their attack.
Threatening to attack more media houses, naming Voice of America (Hausa), Radio France (Hausa), Daily Trust, Guardian Newspapers, among others, the terror group also gave reasons why they bombed Thisday office in Abuja and other media houses last Thursday.
The United States and the United Nations had since condemned the bomb attacks made on innocent Christians that were worshipping in Bayero University, Kano State by members of the terror group.
While the United States said that the recent attacks on innocent civilians in Nigeria, including disgraceful assault during church services at Bayero University in Kano were condemnable, the United Nations said it was time for the international community to rise up to the security challenge of Nigeria especially the Northern parts of the country.
A statement by Secretary Hillary Clinton noted that the United States government wa seriously concerned about attacks on churches, news media, and government installations that increasingly target innocent civilians across Northern Nigeria.
But Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that there was no moral justification that any religious or terror group had to continuously unleash terrors and threats on innocent Nigerian people.
The UN Chief also urged the federal government and various security agencies in Nigeria to quickly work together to curb terrorism in the country and as well intensify efforts to bring those behind the continuous deadly attacks to book no matter their power or relevance to the society.