Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to its Middle-Eastern counterpart, the Islamic State group aka ISIS.
The announcement was apparently made by the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau on Saturday, March 7, via an audio clip released on Twitter.
However, ISIS might not be too eager to join forces with Boko Haram and here are five reasons why:
Racism: A US intelligence officer has said that ISIS might refuse to join forces with Boko Haram due to the fact that the latter group is made up of black Africans. “The Arab world is incredibly racist. They don’t see black Africans as equivalent to them,” the officer told NBC News.
The respect is not mutual: Boko Haram has repeatedly praised and mentioned ISIS in its videos but the Middle-Eastern sect has never returned the favour.
Different Caliphates: ISIS and Boko Haram run two very different and separate caliphates that are not operating in sync with each other, according to the US official.
ISIS is more powerful: Partnering with Boko Haram would be of no actual benefit to the Islamic State due to the fact that the latter group is more powerful. ISIS has 31,000 soldiers while Boko Haram is believed to have just about 6,000. ISIS has also managed to recruit westerners while Boko Haram can’t boast of such a feat.
ISIS is interested in oil: The Islamic State has taken control of at least six oil-producing fields and makes millions of dollars a week from its Iraqi oil operations alone. The territories captured by Boko Haram on the other hand, have no oil deposits and as such are of limited interest to ISIS.