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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspodent

ABUJA (Worthy News)– In Gwoza, Abubakar Shekau — the leader of the Islamist Boko Haram — has declared an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, according to International Christian Concern.

Once a predominantly Christian town situated near Nigeria's border with Cameroon, Gwoza was seized by Haram on August 5, prompting the massacre of up to 1,000 Christians after the Nigerian military mutinied and refused to try and retake the town.

For weeks, Haram has captured towns like Gwoza to encircle Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State that the Islamic insurgency apparently intends to take as well.

"Today, a once-predominantly Christian town in northeast Nigeria joined the Islamic caliphate at the expense of far too many Christians martyred, displaced, and terrorized at the hands of armed extremists," said Cameron Thomas, ICC's Regional Manager for Africa. "For years, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror against Christians, moderate Muslims, educators and students, and law enforcement and military personnel for the establishment of a separate Islamic state, which today they felt capable of declaring. Such a declaration should serve as rallying point for the international community to come together and lend its full support to the Nigerian state in its battle against Boko Haram and all other extreme ideologies plaguing the stability of not only that state, but the entire region."

Since 2009, Haram has been waging a war to establish a separate Islamic state ruled by sharia. It is also responsible for the mass-abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.

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  • David
    30 August 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Just as "Al Kaida" was a type of precedent which has not only survived Osama, but has grown exponentially, this IS, ISIL group has, I fear, set yet another precedent, has rejuvenated in the minds of so many the idea of trying to create a Caliphate, and at such a great cost. I suspect that this Nigerian's call will be followed my more calls during the coming weeks, months and years. Yet the far-left politicians in the West not only refuse to recognise and take appropriate action to prevent and crush this Koranically-inspired threat, but they claim that the acts of these fanatics have got nothing to do with the religion of Mohammed. When you refuse to acknowledge the source of the problem, and yet claim that the problem is not the problem at all, you will not be able to defeat it. Welcome to a long battle. Stop voting for the mainstream far-left.

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