Bomb attempt a wake-up call for Nigeria
Islamic extremism is growing in Nigeria . Extremists groups, such as Boko Harma, have carried out violent attacks in Nigeria . The group is responsible for killing three pastors and several other Christians in July 2009.
By Princeton N. Lyman
01/04/2010 Nigeria (CNN)-Americans were alarmed to learn of the attempt to bring down an American airliner over Detroit , Michigan , on Christmas Day. But Nigerians were especially shocked to learn that one of their own, Umar Farouk AbdulMuttalab, was the perpetrator.
Nevertheless, Nigerian Islam is not without its own internal debates, reformist movements and sometimes violent clashes.
Nigerian Islam is not without its own internal debates, reformist movements and sometimes violent clashes.
Several extreme groups have arisen in Nigeria and taken up arms. A group called Boko Haram that denounced all forms of Western education and culture staged an armed uprising in three northern Nigerian states in July 2009. It derived perhaps from the radical Taliban, although any connection with Afghanistan seems tenuous.