BBC News – Dozens dead in Nigeria school blast in Potiskum

[W]est Africa and especially Nigeria remain in the cross-hairs of prophetic events. Although Nigeria has officially been declared an Ebola-free zone (for now), the African nation continues to deal with incursions and terrorist acts from the anti-western group Boko Haram.

A few days ago, 18 alleged Boko Haram activists were captured and then shot by police–an event currently under investigation, so is this suicide bombing an act of revenge or just another devilish tack in their war against any form of western education? According to the report at BBC News:

Dozens of boys were burnt to death, shot or killed with knives in the dormitory. Female students were spared but told to never attend school again, go off and get married. Boko Haram wants the education of boys to be limited to strict Koranic studies only.

The insecurity in the north-east is so rampant, with entire towns and villages now in the jihadists’ hands, it will be extremely hard for other bombings to be prevented.

“At about 08:00am [07:00 GMT], a suicide bomber disguised himself as one of the male students and while the school was holding its normal assembly, the bomb went off,” Mr Ojukwu said.

He added that police were investigating the explosion.

Always remember that Nigeria, along with all of West Africa, continues to form partnerships with wealthy corporations from the US, Russia, China, and Europe. Good Luck Jonathan, the nation’s leader, is in a precarious position as president, and some see Jonathan’s decision to run again as foolish and even harmful to the nation:

[Dr. Paul Unongo] said, “He is a complete disaster to Nigeria. He has made us look so ridiculous in the eyes of the world. Some little thing called Boko Haram that started like a joke is laying claim to large junk of Nigerian territories.

“Huge cities have fallen into the hands of these people. You find them with the kind of equipment that is meant to be for the Nigeria army.”

According to Nigeria’s ‘Leadership’ newspaper, this suicide bombing comes on the heels of another when a bomber ran into a Shiite procession, killing 30 and injuring 89 in the same town (Potiskum). If, as Unongo claims, Boko Haram is equiped like an army, then one wonders what other tacks they may choose to use–and where.

For more on the school bombing, see BBC News – Dozens dead in Nigeria school blast in Potiskum.