Boko haram are quite important to ISIS – Expert

By Amako Nneji October 31, 2015 16:19

Boko haram are quite important to ISIS – Expert

An expert and lecturer in Political Science at Yale University, has played down talks that Islamic extremists boko haram have pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ,ISIS.

Professor Graeme Wood who is a contributing editor to The Atlantic Magazine, stated that although “there is an ideological connection and there’s official allegiance displayed between the two organizations, but we haven’t actually seen any smoking gun connection.’’

The Nigerian Islamist terror group boko haram, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State In March 2015, few days to the last general election.

The insurgents, who have been known to use children as suicide bombers, announced the unholy alliance via Twitter.

    “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity.”

ISIS currently rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and has previously linked with other terror groups such as al-Qaeda.

On assumption of power, President Muhammadu Buhari whom during the campaigns promised to wipe out the insurgents within two months, announced to the world that the pledge of allegiance by the sect to ISIS made the insurgents a stronger terrorist group.

The President who stated this when he hosted members of the diplomatic corps to a Ramadan breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja urged the international community to assist Nigeria in combating the sect.

He noted that the victory for Nigeria against the insurgents would be victory for the world while observing that Boko Haram’s cooperation with ISIS was an indication of the global threat of terrorism

While speaking, Professor Wood stated that Boko Haram paying allegiance to ISIS was not an act of sheer grandstanding.

    “There is an ideological connection and there’s official allegiance displayed between the two organizations. But we haven’t actually seen any smoking gun connection, so to speak, in an operational sense, between the two groups.

    “I don’t think they are grandstanding. I think they are actually very important. From the perspective of ISIS, getting allegiance or declarations of allegiance from Boko Haram is a demonstration to jihadist groups in other parts of the world that you can be accepted by ISIS, that ISIS has a global ambition, and that if they the smaller groups want to be propelled to the first rank of Jihadist organizations, they can quickly do that by giving allegiance to ISIS,” Wood said.

When asked if ISIS’s financial network were sophisticated enough to cater for groups with similar modus operandi in other countries or regions?

    His reply: “I think ISIS mostly expects the groups in other countries or regions to be autonomous as much a possible – to be self-financing, but to share a general ideological inclination toward a global caliphate that’s headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as long as they are willing to give allegiance in that sense.

    “To enforce certain rules in their interpretation of Islamic law, then everything is up for grabs. They can take ISIS’ manpower, its money, or not, it doesn’t much matter.”

Boko haram is in a six-year military campaign to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

While Boko Haram seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in the north eastern part of Nigeria, ISIS is pushing a similar agenda in Iraq and Syria.

In a renewed vigor to flush out the insurgents, Buhari gave the military a now famous December deadline, to put to a stop to the inglorious activities of the sect.

See: Reasons behind Boko Haram’s U-turn on Buhari revealed