ICC Note: Human Rights Groups' investigations reinforce the claims that Boko Haram is advancing in its religious cleansing campaign. Boko Haram is targeting Christians with extreme terror and violence to exterminate or drive them out and establish Sharia rule.
11/8/2013 Nigeria (The Christian Post) - Hawua Yakubu, a human rights activist in Nigeria and a member of the fellowship program for minorities at the United Nations, warned that Boko Haram is seeking establish a "sharia state" and divide Nigeria into two with the north being reserved for Muslims and the south for Christians.
"The attacks on churches and Christians in Nigeria began in 2009,"Yakubu told Mideast Christian News. "Yet, the government hasn't paid attention to them, and has now lost control of them."
She said various sectors realized the seriousness of the matter and called upon the government to control the situation before it worsens.
The term "Boko Haram" is divided into two parts. The first term, "boko," means "Western teaching." The word "haram" is derived from the Arabic word meaning "forbidden" and the whole term means "the prohibition of Western teachings."
Yakubu explained that Boko Haram is an Islamic movement that emerged at the end of the 1990s under the name "Taliban," which didn't bother any of the African countries and thus chose to change its name to Boko Haram.
"The founder of the movement, Mohamed Yusuf [also known as "the tutor"], incited people against the Nigerian government, while the government neglected the matter," Yakubu added.