Jihad causes poverty, courtesy of the group whose name translates as “Western Education is Sacrilege.” The great irony is that Boko Haram is dependent on people who can read and write, and use technology.
It would be one thing if the jihadists stuck to dumbing down themselves. If there are going to be jihadists, let them be as dumb as possible. But they are hell-bent on dragging down all of Nigeria with them. “Suspected Islamists burn down seven Nigerian schools,” from Reuters, March 1:
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, March 1 (Reuters) – Arsonists suspected to be members of Islamist sect Boko Haram have burned down seven schools in northeastern Nigeria the past few days, authorities said on Thursday, a new twist in the group’s increasingly violent insurgency.
Thousands of children have been left without schools in the middle of their term.
Boko Haram, an Islamist movement styled on the Taliban, is waging a low level insurgency against the government that is radiating out from its heartland in the remote northeastern city of Maiduguri right across the north.
“Low level” is highly debatable.
Its name means “Western education is sinful”, after the ant-Western [sic] teachings of its early spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed in police custody in 2009.
Musa Inuwa Kubo, the commissioner of education for Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital, said the schools were attacked over the past few days, two of them on Thursday.
Reuters visited the scene of one of the fires, where a building was reduced to a pile of still smouldering ash.