But…but…Obama and John Kerry and Pope Francis and Theresa May and David Cameron and all the other “experts” told us that jihad terrorism had nothing to do with Islam. Why are these jihad terrorists memorizing the Koran? The Western non-Muslim politicians who insist that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam should go to Nigeria and set Boko Haram straight about Islam.
“Life in Bama, ex-Boko Haram base,” Vanguard, December 15, 2016:
In the Borno, northern Nigerian town of Bama the streets are eerily quiet. Houses lie empty, riddled with bullet holes, and symbols of the jihadist group Boko Haram are painted on the walls.
Bama, once the militants’ stronghold, was liberated from the Islamist fighters by the Nigerian army in March 2015, but is only reached safely by helicopter – the roads still too dangerous because of the risk of ambush by the insurgents.
Despite its ghostly atmosphere and violent history, the town is now a safe haven for around 10,000 people, among more than two million in Nigeria who have fled areas held by Boko Haram….
In the centre of the camp children play on slides and swings built especially for them. The camp school is a cluster of five tents. “How many oranges and bananas?” shout the pupils in unison, reciting dictations from their English teacher.
For some of the students learning English, Arabic and social studies, this is their first taste of schooling in the rural state, where conflict has crippled education.
Yet this is not the case for all. Aba Modi, 12, attended one of Boko Haram’s Islamic schools, or madrasas, when he lived in Banki, a town under the militants’ control for two years. “They only taught the Koran at our school. All day, we were just memorising the Koran,” Modi said.
Occasionally the pupils would be taken out of class to learn to shoot a weapon or how to crawl under fire.
Modi eventually fled Banki with his brother in the middle of the night. “Life is completely different now. I enjoy coming to school,” he said. “Some of the things they [Boko Haram] taught are correct. Being taught about the Koran is right, but there is nothing in the Koran that says you should hurt people or take their possessions.”…
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