Boko Haram and oil
The issue of supporting terrorist organisations is enhanced by the illegal oil trade by ISIS (forbidden in Russia organisation). The Takfiri group “Boko Haram” from Nigeria has a special place among the groups alike.
The group called “Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād” known as “Boko Haram” (more details on the group ideology can be found here) has decided to take advantage of Nigerian most important economic segment since it first appeared. By attacking the oil deposits, the group members supported the organisation financially and also managed to inflict significant damage on the Nigerian government which opposed the group.
The president of the country Muhammadu Buhari asked the international community for help on the way of fighting illegal oil trade from the Nigerian ports in April 2014. The fact that the head of Nigeria sought for the outside help (first of all, from the United States) so that to resolve the inside problem of the country speaks for itself. The level of corruption in the country is appauling. It is the corruption which allows the terrorist organization feel free to sell Nigerian “black gold”. The president even had to dissolve the management team of the state oil company “Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation”. The oil turned under the terrorists’ control is transferred into different countries’ ports where businessmen can access it. ISIS works in a similar way in the Middle East.
The issue of financial support of terrorist organization is a very important aspect on the way of understanding the essence of such kind of groups. Political authorities tend to choose the best ways of cooperation as far as financial resources and power is concerned. Regrettably, this is not always right from the moral point of view and religious values.