Is ISIS a Copycat? ‘Rivalry’ With Boko Haram Inspired Brutal Abductions of Christians, Yazidis in Iraq, Says Rights Lawyer
ICC Note: Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe says the Islamic State is more feared globally than Boko Haram simply because the militant group is more tech savvy than its African ally. Ogebe explains that even Al Qaeda condemned Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Christian girls from Chibok, Nigeria in April 2014. Since then, ISIS has responded with similar abductions of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria.
Washington, D.C. 3/24/2015 (Christian Post) – Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe insinuated that ISIS’ systemic abductions of religious minorities in Iraq last summer were inspired by Boko Haram’s kidnapping of over 276 Chibok schoolgirls last April.
Ogebe, who became the youngest law graduate in Nigeria and was exiled to the United States as a political detainee, explained at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute on Monday, that after Boko Haram abducted the schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in April 2014, the terrorist organization Al Qaeda issued a statement condemning the group’s kidnappings. He further explained that although Al Qaeda decried Boko Haram’s abduction of the girls, the Al Qaeda offshoot, ISIS, responded in the opposite manner.
“What was ISIS response?” Ogebe asked. “ISIS’ response to the Chibok schoolgirls was to begin abducting Yazidis and Christians in Iraq. That seemed to be the point of where ISIS said, ‘You know what, if these guys are getting this kind of condemnation from Al Qaeda, let’s [relate] with them. They are good guys to get into bed with.'”
“Their relationship has been one of grudging admiration and rivalry,” Ogebe added.
As ISIS began seizing large areas of northern Iraq throughout the summer months of 2014, the group made a systematic habit of sexually enslaving the religious minority women, while killing off the religious minority men in the villages that they raided and conquered.
Although the number of Iraqi citizens killed in 2014 was approximately 17,000, thanks in large part to the rise of ISIS, Ogebe reasoned that Boko Haram was a deadlier group than ISIS last year. According to the United Nations, Boko Haram accounted for nearly 10,000 deaths, while it displaced nearly 1.5 million in 2014.