The Merits and Demerits of Nigeria Joining the Islamic Coalition to Fight Against Terrorism

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An organization was established among the Islāmic countries to fight against terror, led by Saudi Arabia, as announced through the Saudi Defense Minister; Mohammed Bin Salman, December 15, 2015. Members of the organization comprise of 34 Muslim countries around the globe which include Turkey and Egypt.

The countries are to fight terror by training a special force called the Islāmic Military Alliance against Terror (ISMAT). Nigeria is one of the countries experiencing havoc from the operations of Islamic insurgents and refused to join the organization when invited due to her diversity in terms of religion and culture.

But a recent announcement was made by President Muhammadu Buhari in Qatar revealing Nigeria as one of the members of the ISMAT during his visit to the Arab countries.

This confession can actually meet the country in both positive and negative ways as observed by Nigerians.

One of the major merits is the Qatar government refused to join the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in reducing the amount of crude oil in the market for price upgrade and has since yielded to the request, after Nigeria announced her membership in ISMAT. The despair from Nigeria’s economic downturn may brush up with a hope for recovery with this new development.

Moreover, the Turkish Government through Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to support Nigerian exportation by encouraging trade between Turkey and Nigeria in spite of Nigeria recording 80% of the benefits from this partnership, while Turkey records only 20%.

The Islāmic sets threatening Nigeria’s peace may succumb to the Nigerian government due to their pledge of loyalty to other Islāmic groups.

However, there are other misfortunes that the decision of joining ISMAT may bring to the country. Nigeria with multi-religious concepts may suffer lack of corporation as Muslim activities may indirectly become predominant in the country.

In 2009 Nigeria experienced her first terrorist attack, as Boko Haram claimed that Nigeria needed to forsake western education and yield strictly to Sharia law and the Islāmic way of living. Further involvement in Islāmic relationships may invite other Islāmic sets.

In addition, as a part of the terms and conditions of transparency that need to be met in joining ISMAT, decisions on the security and financial policies of Nigeria may see greater involvement from other member Islāmic countries, this may not prove Nigeria to be an independent country with her own sovereignty.