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January 25, 2010

The Saudi Arabian involvement in Nigeria politics

The Saudi Arabian government presents a very strong anti-terrorism credential well known in diplomatic circles around the world.(see CIA fact book on Saudi Arabia). Saudi role in bringing down the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait by allowing allied forces to use Saudi territory and the Saudi governments opposition to the particular violent methods of Al Qaeda are also well known. The later being fostered upon the Saudi government by the reality of Al Qaeda’s non-discriminatory bombing of everyone including muslin states and people, as well as Saudi citizens.
But what is not known, at least in public discuss, is the Saudi Arabian government’s full intentions in sponsoring the development of Arabic “education” abroad; the Saudi government’s involvements in the current Nigerian leadership crisis; the Saudi  government’s involvement, over the years, in propping up the Nigerian Northern Islamic leadership and cabals; the full sponsors and the intentions of the patrons of the North’s implementation of the Sharia Islamic government and the continued agitation for an “Islamization” of Nigeria as a whole. These are issues I would urge the Nigerian government officials and law makers to investigate urgently as a matter of national security.
Several undertones suggests that the Saudi government or its ruling elite can easily be supportive to the course of the Northern cabal and many other Muslin leaders and pretenders not only in Nigeria. The degree of this support and or the degree to which it is misused by the pretenders (or thereabout) is what I call to be investigated. Because here is a potential to threaten world peace as it has compromised the unity and peace of Nigeria as a sovereign nation. This is the spring board from which rose Al Qaeda and all muslin extremism.
Saudi Monarch
Let’s take a look. According to Wikipedia “The central institution of the Saudi Arabian government is the Saudi monarchy. The Basic Law of Government adopted in 1992 declared that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the sons and grandsons of the first king, Abd Al Aziz Al Saud. It also claims that the Qur'an is the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of the Sharia (Islamic Law).” This principle of a Sharia government is the prime motivator for the Northern Nigeria quest for an Islamic state. The particular history of the founding of Saudi Arabia is a further let for radical means and but the bigger question that is worth investigating seriously is the active role of Saudi Arabia (its official government or individual hawks or powerful,rich or influential figures or groups in the propagation of these ideologies in Nigeria). I believe there is a strong link between elements in Saudi Arabia and the Northern Nigeria’s adoption of Sharia and the continued agitation for an Islamic state.
Saudi Arabia as a country is fairly successful and peaceful but its sponsorship of Islamic institutions (including construction of mosques) and exports of Muslim clerics (especially those teaching sharia as a modern civil law of government and advocating the creation of sharia states modelled after Saudi Arabia’s) is a major contributor to Islamic terrorism everywhere in the world. The US government should start using its good relations with the Saudi government and the expressed good intentions of the Monarch to start nudging Saudi Arabia to monitor its sponsorships across the world and also to start “liberalizing and modernizing” its laws and civil rights. The US has relatively achieved some success in this regard with China but with Saudi Arabia this is more difficult because of the difficult mix of religion and politics as well as the worlds’ dependence on oil (US, especially).
Mr Sanusi (the current Central Bank of Nigeria Governor) must exercise courage and investigate the flow of Saudi funds into Nigeria. Where do the election campaigners get their money from? Who are the benefactors of the Saudi governments Arab Monitory Funds? What do loan benefactors do with the money? The Saudi government, if it is really serious about promoting tolerance across the world should monitor how the fund it makes available to Nigeria and elsewhere is being used. Just like the World Bank and other financers. Otherwise it must consider itself responsible.
Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher for Human Rights Watch, reporting about the recent Jos violence states: “This is not the first outbreak of deadly violence in Jos, but the government has shockingly failed to hold anyone accountable. Enough is enough. Nigeria's leaders need to tackle the vicious cycle of violence bred by this impunity”.  (see HRW) The government is unable to prosecute anybody because the people involved are mostly influential religious leaders and political figures backed by powerful cabals and financed probably by Saudi Arabia or elements from Saudi Arabia.
By December last year the US Government Accountability office (GAO)reported as follows: "Saudi individuals and Saudi-based charitable organizations continue to be a significant source of financing for terrorism and extremism outside of Saudi Arabia." It quotes US Treasury officials as saying that "Saudi-based individuals are a top source of funding for al Qaeda and associated groups, such as the Taliban." The report says Saudi individuals and charities circumvent Saudi restrictions by employing couriers to transfer cash to militant organizations. The Nigerian Muslims especially in the North must realise that the Cabal is actually fixing their pocket at the expense of the lives of the ordinary people in the streets. The most impoverished parts of Nigeria remain mostly in the North. Whereas the greater number of the Northern elites are educated at the best schools outside the country including Abdulmutallab. Enough is Enough indeed. The Northern Muslims must wake up and stop being used in destroying their country, their future and their lives. The Nigeria government and legislators must make good the plan to have more supervision over the clerics that operate especially in the North. But this must be done by properly appointed religious councils with no political involvement.

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