January 24th, 2012
07:03 AM ET

Sources: 158 Islamist militants arrested in Nigeria bombings

Nigerian security forces arrested 158 suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources told CNN Tuesday, three days after a spate of bombings and shootings left more than 200 people dead in Nigeria's second-largest city.

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  1. Philip

    Nigeria has already experienced their civil war where on one side we saw muslims with starving children doing battle with muslims rich from doing business with the infidels. Muslims sick and tired of seeing Muslim Oil exported to overly obese non-muslim nations as muslim children starve... living under the rule of leaders who are in bed with western oil corporations. Nigeria is one of the world's top-ten oil exporting nations. Nigerians should be among the wealthiest peoples. But they are not. And more than 2/3rds of them aren't happy about it. The other 1/3 have already told The Koran's Allah to take a hike in favor of American money.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Pan-African

      what do you mean Muslim oil? They do not even have oil in the north. The problem is lack of education and religion. All these religions are imported. I don't see how you guys can not see that. African needs to get a grip and subscribe to the Pan-African principles of their founding fathers. I guess guy are all experts on African issues from the comfort of your computers. GIVE ME A BREAK.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bilal

      Really great article liplung the information all together and very insightful as to how the church and family have the same model. Serfdom does not work and neither do patriarchal dictatorships. They are models for how not to do things and how to dominate, control and subordinate others. If we are truly civilized then realization needs to occur that these are unhealthy habits for the human race, and especially terrible those who are the victims of abusive lords.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bouna Sera' Wine Bar

    @ Philip, I concur with your assessment. Lets just hope that the Nigerians don't join with the Tabeten people and start self-emmoting with their OIL in protest.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Amen Victor. Religions don't murder. People who join religions do, though. 'Murder' def.' the taking of human life with malice aforethought'. Saved Christian President Bush's preemptive war strategies for invading and occupying mulsim lands comes to mind.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. manson

    This people are northerners and people from other neighbouring country. They are been sponsored by northern leaders, cos i wonder where those poor creatures get such money to buy bombs. And Τ̲̅ђe reason why nigeria security can not do anything about it is that, some of Τ̲̅ђe people supplying d info are with them whenever they call for meeting.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    It's amazing how this religion that proclaims that they're so peaceful, is always in the middle, and largely responsible for, nearly every incident of violence around the world! This needs to be seen as religious warfare, plain and simple. These tribal/religious people are steeped in a rich tradition of internal violence and blood-letting, stoning, breheadings and all sorts of nasty stuff. Yet we seem to see them as "equals" when we try to achieve some sort of workable existence beside them. The Judeo-Christian, Western culture is hard pressed to work with people who love violence and bickering!

    January 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Bill. Get a freaking clue. These "people" you refer to are sick and tired of watching thie children starve as their precious oil and diamonds all go to you fat ass American's who obesity glut 1/3 of EVRYTHING that the entire planet produces yet are only 4% of the freaking populating. Yes, I'm angry. Anger is expressed hurt. It hurts seeing a lovely little woman trapped inside of a whale...I can hardly bare to look at my pretty little niece who now weighs whale. Her little face tells the story. Dang it!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I'd like to know a little more about the above captioned story; this is just a bit thin, CNN.

    As an aside, Boko Haram sounds like a band...

    January 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Banasy. What more do you need to know? Nigerian Security forces are controlled by Nigerias government that accepts bribes from major oil corporations. Nigeria is one of the world's top-ten oil exporting nations, yet millions starve and go without. When the citizenry rebels at the very thought of their precious resources going to obese nations where those major Big Oil corp's are headquartered, their own bribe taking leaders put them down, or UN troops are called upon to do it. Is this so hard to fathom?

    January 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I want to know more about the article, Philip.

      January 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The article. I would like to have CNN expand on an one-paragraph article.
      Not hard to fathom at all that I would want more information on the article.

      January 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      gee seems like someone refgot to compare them to FOX in the rtaingsthat's a WHOLE different scoring ballagme now. isn't it

      March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Pan-African. About 85% of American citizens identify themselves with the christian rellgion. Even our president is a christian. And so our domestic product is mostly owned and virtually all controlled by christians. Nigerias resources are likewise owned by muslims, but their muslim leaders have turned into what the Koran calls "Renegade". (read 'benedict arnold') Africa's leaders sell Africa's most valuanle natural resource, oil, to foreigners. Just as they did when the most valuable African resource was human beings. (read 'slaves') Such is the situation in today's Africa.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pan-African

      That is absolutely false when it comes to Nigeria. I was born there and I know what am talking about. The resources were mostly controlled by the Hausa. Down south, is where most of the wealth is, and if you look at the demography of the south, you will know it is far from Muslim. The problem here is the north (mostly Muslims) feels power slipping away from them. who's fault is that? Theirs. When they were in power (military) the fattened their pockets and ignored their people.while we in the south sent our children to schools. Now that democracy is here, they have lost political,and military influence. Lets call a spade a spade. The old figure heads from the north blame it on Christians from the south. The way I look at this is they have lost control and they will make that country ungovernable by all means necessary. On a side note, when the British handed over power after colonial rule, guess who they put in power? The north...... and it has been them running the county for a long time until recently. All these violence in the name of religion is nonsense.(Politicians use it to further their goals) In case of those crazies called Boko Haram, they are just stupid and brain washed by religion. If they were against western education, they should stop using AK47, Cellphones, stop driving cars, and then some. If Nigerians can see that it is all a ploy to divide them, then more than half of the problem will be solved. Go read about Kwame Nkrumah, Azikiwe, and Awolowo. The past tells you about the future my dear concerned citizen of the earth. Blessing to you and all.

      January 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yosef

    I lived in Abuja Nigeria for several years and travelled extensively to the North. Northern Nigeria has no oil nor do they participate in the oil refining or recieve any of the money from the oil export business. The issue at hand and the reason for the violence is that the political process in Nigeria is a shared power policy. In which the Muslim North has the position of the president for four years while the Christian South has the seat of the VP. After those four years are up they switch. Unfortunately with the early death of Yardua (the Muslim President) this cuased the Christian VP (Good luck Jonathon) to take the seat of President causing the christians to have eight years of presidential rule over Nigeria.
    This has in the past caused the Civil War that Philip is talking about- not the oil industry (that is another fight by the MEND in Southern Nigeria). What is another cause of the ethnic violence is that when a president is in power they funnel money and programs back to thier home state- in Yaradua's case it was a small state in Northern Nigeria east of Jos. WIth a Christian retaining power those funds and programs will be sent south to thier home state- in International Relations Terminology this is a form of Nepitism- or to the lame man: corruption.
    This is what the main reasons behind the violence is- it's not about religion or oil, it's about money and who controls it.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @Yoseph...thank you for that. But to the 11th largest exporter of oil on earth, Nigeria, oil IS money. All of OPECS oil is traded in US dollars by international law. There's just no way in heck, that since much of that oil flows here, that this situation can possibly be reduced to inner turmoils. How many times has the Halliburton corporation been busted bribing African leaders? And how many times didn't they get caught in corruption. And GoodLuck isn't a christian name. The bible identifies Satan as the god of luck. Johnson is about as "christian" as Juda was.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    *Judas. The man whom kissed Jesus then betrayed him to the Jewish leaders. Africa's citizenry have been betrayed by their own leaders who kiss Big Oil ass.Just as their forefathers kissed Big Slavetrade ass.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzy

    When the world is exporting and the IMF is handing out loans in US dollars (approximately 2/3 rds) you can see what a HUGE cut America is getting.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    African tribal leaders did in fact sell their own people into slavery, the vast majority going to Arabs, who forced them to convert to Islam under penalty of death. Nothing has changed in Africa, except now oil and diamonds are worth more than slaves. America outlawed slavery and now have slaves entering from the south of their own free will. Beats having a bunch of Canadians herding our sheep and picking our fruit anyways. he he

    January 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzy

    We all know that the world runs on oil and that OPEC (US owned) allows all oil to be bought in US dollars only. J apan buying 80 % of it's oil from the middle east, while the US is the largest importer could feesably cover their cost with the cut they get from the trading of it's US dollars from J apan. Also don't forget the fact that J apan holds a lot of investments in the US. We are intrinsically locked together.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
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