Only a week ago I made this statement in relation to Boko Haram.

Will the Syria based ISIS look to ‘team up’ with BH?  I personally don’t think so.

And Vartuoosi a fellow FGM member… made this statement.

Boko Haram and ISIS wont be teaming up, at least not any time soon. Both of them have declared themselves to be the caliphate.
And the thing about the caliphate is, that like the highlander, there can be only one.

How wrong can two guys be… on todays news Boko Haram have released an audio clip believed to be from its leader Abubakar Shekau advising that they have sworn allegiance to the IS and state “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph… and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity.”

What the hell is going on…?

Boko Haram previously sided with Al Qaeda and as pointed out in one of my previous blog posts…

Factions aligning with them are siding with them for the ‘reputation’, akin to school kids siding with the school bully for the ‘protection’ and the ‘notoriety’.  Going further with my school bully analogy are these school kids going to hang around when the school bully finds himself in the ascendency…

In this instance think of Al Qaeda as the school bully…. as ISIS have come on the scene Boko Haram have thought ‘hey, that bullies bigger, lets be his mate’.  So they sever ties with AQ and side with ISIS.  In the long run none of these entities will actually form any part of a giant caliphate for the simple reason they are all working to their own agendas and in it to see what they can take out of it.

I wonder if ISIS will react to the declaration of loyalty from Boko Haram or if they will ignore it with a nonchalance worthy of a school bully.


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