Terrorism in Nigeria: Why Marxists oppose individual terrorism

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In the final analysis, terrorists are instrument of the oppressors against the oppressed majority. Nigerian ruling elites have been over the years maintaining its rule in Nigeria on the basis of divide and rule, a method inherited from colonial masters and perfected by Nigerian ruling elites. Ruling elites are scared of unity of Nigerians because, they correctly understand that with unity of Nigerians ending their corrupt rule will just be a matter of time. Ruling elites are united at the top, but they ensure that Nigerians are sharply divided across both religions and tribes below.

Boko Haram’s action is more and more divisive. With its action, it has emboldened this regime to allocate N921 billion for security vote, obviously not for the purpose of fighting terrorism but to fight Nigerian masses who are presently on the move. Every of their action directly coincides with the interest of Nigerian ruling elites. Masses have correctly understood that their liberation and freedom lie in their unity across religion and tribal divides, but this drive always get challenged by the action of these fundamentalists and various charlatans.

This regime is only shedding crocodile tears in the public; its real wish is for Boko Haram bombing to continue and thereby further divide and distract us from the real issue. We should not cheaply forget, ruling class in Egypt sponsored their agents to pose like Muslim fundamentalists and they attacked Christians so as to derail the revolution! If Egyptian ruling elites do this once, Nigerian ruling class will do it ten times based on their antecedents. We need to be more vigilante and independently verify any claim of police public statement on bombing and shooting by Boko Haram.

Mass action is the most potent force that can genuinely shake an oppressive system to its foundation and not cowardly action of extreme few terrorists and suicide bombers.

A mass action in Kano has shown the way; let it be followed suit by similar actions in Jos, Gombe, Borno and Adamawa. Nigerian working class has a lot to do in this regard. Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) remains the most powerful forces available to lead Nigerians in unity against these series of attacks, while maintaining the unity of all Nigerians.