With ISIS blitzkrieg rolling across Iraq and Syria and the world left to watch with horror one deed after another. However it also brings into fore the question- How do such groups survive without public support?
There is something seriously wrong in the evaluation of such groups by the so called civilized world. Is ISIS only terror and gore or is there some basic underlying factor which helps it draw support at grass root level.
One could be a semblance of law and order which it has been able to enforce in areas in its control and a population fed up with faltering politicians and leaders have put their lives in the hands of groups such as ISIS to get on with their daily chores- a rarity in earlier times when bomb blasts and suicide attacks were an every day occurrence.
The world has its hands full with problems and now we have the Boko Haram taking a page out of ISIS playbook and swearing formal allegiance to ISIS. The pledge came from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter. The message comes in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles.
“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message.
IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph. The message was posted soon after Boko Haram was blamed for 4 suicide attacks in North Eastern Nigeria which killed 54 persons and has wounded more than 140 persons.