Terrorism: Man, a base for radicalism in Cote d’Ivoire? Print
Written by Lassina DIARRA, Spécialiste du jihadisme sahélien et des mouvements salafistes   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 13:49

Since independence in 1960, Cote d’Ivoire has been West Africa engine of growth, and almost the unique tolerant and hospitable country in that region. The present case study underlines terrorists’ threats in that peaceful country of Cote d’Ivoire and indeed in the entire region. (Centre4s).





Cote d’Ivoire western city of Man is at the juncture of a mixture of migrations issues, ethnicity problems and an ambitious religious expansionism.

The general Sunni practice in the city of Man is exposed to a violence that is still residual but whose ethno-religious basis is becoming more precise.

Tribalism, religious regroupings and penchant to takfir, or excommunication, are becoming commonplace in both the discourse and the actions of a Salafist community that has been for years, in constant development.

The use of physical violence against Imams deemed "apostates and disbelievers" and the destruction of a place of Worship, in July 2016, illustrate the progressive and expanding grip of activist Groups. Some of them, under the cover of pure devotion, in fact carry out activities in breach of the law, as they exercise multiple pressures on the State official representatives.

 In a sub-regional context that is particularly marked the dissemination of Wahhabism, Man's situation requires a vigilant attitude and a firm reaction from the government of Côte d'Ivoire. Otherwise the country, with deeply rooted radicals, would be the base of Jihadists expansion to the rest of the country and beyond, to Guinea and Liberia.

On the city streets, and throughout the central market, witnessing the increasing number of women in black Niqab is enough to measure how, unknown to the government local actors and other representatives, the future of the city is fast changing.

To many, carelessness, passivity and fear of stigmatizing Muslim populations, explain both the insufficiency and the postponement of carrying out an adequate response.

With a fast demographic growth rates, defiance against the ‘’school of whites’’, climate change induced migration towards the fertile zones of the West and the South, deforestation, a conquering spirit and a self-imposed Arabism unveil the multidimensional nature of the challenges  generated by Salafist proselytism in Africa.

With this serious breakdown of discernment, religious extremism introduces itself, takes roots and secures as many successes that eventually become rights. The theorists of this progressive and  persistent accumulation in Egypt and in the Middle East have called it "Tamkine", that is, consolidation, reinforcement. Taqiya and Tamkin have gained Africa south of the Sahara.

The case of Man raises a structural problem in most of sub-Saharan Africa countries. Indeed only a few governments have taken seriously the real magnitude of the danger.


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