Bodies of victims of the Nyanya bomb blast, Abuja being taken to the Asokoro General Hospital.
Nigeria has been grappling with terrorism and extremism, and the situation now seems to be very critical. The terrorist group, Boko Haram has been launching series of deadly attacks in the Northern part of the country which have really intensified this year. Suspected Boko Haram members killed at least 60 people in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria late last week . Eight people were killed in a separate attack at a teacher training college. The Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram is also popular for attacking villages, churches and mosques using gunfire or bombs. There have also been reports of abduction and rape perpetrated by the sect.
This morning, at about 7a.m, a bomb explosion rocked a motor park on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja. The explosion resulted in multiple secondary explosions due to presence of fuel in the cars. About 78 people have been reported dead and the death toll is expected to rise as so many are in the hospital and in dire need of blood. Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts at the scene of the explosion. The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has canceled a prescheduled appointment in favor of visiting the scene of the explosion.
Nigerians in the North Eastern part of the country feel very insecure and the Government of Nigeria have been widely criticized for not being able to deal with the issue of terrorism.
Lives are being lost almost on a daily basis and regular people who go about their daily business are constantly at the risk of being attacked.
What does Boko Haram really want?
The name ‘Boko Haram’ translates to ‘Western Education is sin’. So, the sect is probably against Formal education and want Islamic laws and ‘The Sharia’ to be applied throughout Nigeria.
There have also been allegations that some Northern Governors and politicians in the country are funding the sect with the aim of distabilizing the government in order to make it impossible for the current minority President to win a re-election next year, so power can return to the north.
However, the sect has links with Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab terrorists groups in the middle East and Somalia respectively. Members allegedly receive training and weapons from this groups.
Several peace talks with the group and even a possible amnesty offer have not yielded any positive results.