Muslim Terrorists Tell Nigeria's Christian President: 'Convert or Resign'
government and on "local Nigerian issues and actors."
Christian president, Muslim president
On Capitol Hill last month, Carson again addressed the issue, telling a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing that "it is important that we understand what Boko Haram is and what it is not."
"Boko Haram is composed of at least two organizations, a larger organization focused primarily on discrediting the Nigerian government, and a smaller more dangerous group that is increasingly sophisticated and increasingly lethal," he continued.
Most Boko Haram followers, Carson said, were set on discrediting the government--both under the current Christian president and his Muslim predecessor--for its "failure to provide services to people."
In fact, Boko Haram's deadly campaign has largely overlapped the presidency of the Christian president, Jonathan.
Although Boko Haram was established in 2002, its violent campaign began around mid-2009, and escalated after its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, died in police custody in July of that year.
Early in 2010, then vice-president Jonathan assumed the powers of the presidency after President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua left the country for medical treatment. When Yar'Adua died that May, Jonathan served as interim president, and ran for election in early 2011.
His candidacy was controversial because he is a Christian southerner. An unwritten agreement in place since Nigeria emerged from military rule in 1999 held that the north and south would alternatively hold the presidency. Yar'Adua, a Muslim northerner, had succeeded a two-term Christian from the south but since his death cut his term short Muslims argued that the next president should also be a Muslim.
Although Jonathan won the election by a large margin, his Muslim rival won all 12 of Nigeria's states where shari'a had been introduced since 1999, underlining the religious divide and prompting warnings of worse to come. Indeed, more than 800 people were killed and dozens of churches torched during three days of rioting in the north after the election result was announced.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that advises the administration and Congress, acknowledges that issues of governance, poverty, and ethnicity are factors in the Nigerian violence but characterizes Boko Haram's actions as "religiously-related."
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