Religious Terrorism is nearly as old as human kind. But never before has the world been confronted with this monstrous phenomenon on its current scale. From Nigeria’s once sleepy North East to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somali, Kenya, Uganda, the world has been gripped in the throes of insurgency, kidnappings, anarchy and large scale destruction of lives and property. All in the name of god!
Not even Europe and America with their hi-tech counter-terrorism schemes have been spared the scourge of religious terrorism. Beside the notorious World Trade Centre (9/11) incident and isolated cases across the western world since then, religious terrorists seem to have scaled up their games with the 2015 attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. An even greater threat looms in the west with the increasing number of their citizens enlisting in the world’s deadliest jihadist movement Islamic State Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The fear is that some of them would one day return and put their art to work in their home nations – with dare consequences.
Global statistics show a steady increase in the number of attacks and deaths resulting from religious terrorism over the years. In Nigeria alone, Boko Haram which shares the ruthlessness and modus operandi of ISIS, has caused over 15,000 deaths and displaced more than two million people over the past decade.
To be sure, religious terrorism has its roots in the world’s major religions. They differ significantly, however, in the interpretation and application of their sacred books as well as the level of tolerance exhibited towards the adherents of competing faiths. Recent history shows that religious war of the forceful and violent kind is fast becoming the exclusive of one of the major religions to the extent that the condemnation of religious terrorism is now perceived as an attack against that faith.
Can the threat of religious terrorism be reduced or eliminated?
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!