March 7, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Boko Haram [Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad - Al-Sunna For Preaching and Jihad] Nigeria's primary violent jihadist entity is obtaining support from an Islamic religious authority, the Sultan of Sokoto who is demanding amnesty for the group.
Sokoto is an Islamist caliphate, located in Northern Nigeria [note, a caliphate is an Islamic governing structure operating under the strictures of the Shari'a, Islamic law].
"The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government to grant amnesty to all the armed groups operating in Nigeria..." [source, Sultan of Sokoto seeks amnesty for armed groups, Premium Times]
Over the last few years Boko Haram [BH] has been responsible for thousands of killings in the country, often accompanied by atrocities of unspeakable cruelty. The group has recently increased its campaign of violent intimidation - kidnapping a group of French nationals, including several children.
The fate of these captives is unknown.
Jihadist revolutionaries are believed to be active in the majority of African countries North of an imaginary line stretching Westward from Somalia and Kenya to Cameroon. in the East.
The countries being sucked into this morass include but are certainly not limited to, Algeria, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia and many others [for further reference please see, Jihad in Africa: The Danger in the Desert, The Economist].
In the main, the Obama administration has ignored this threat and as a result there is little to stop the religious based slaughter since most of the countries involved are desperately poor and politically unstable.
To the great detriment of U.S. national security, the administration has been AWOL in efforts to resist this burgeoning African jihad. As was the case in Afghanistan, if the various African jihadist movements are allowed to entrench themselves further, the West might eventually be forced into a multi-front regional war across a huge expanse of territory that is as hostile as it is daunting.