New Day, New Menace

U.S On The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden's Progeny

by Jerry Chiemeke

New Day, New Menace

People die, but the same can't always be said about their ideologies. Afterall, Nigerian nationalism survived Herbert Macaulay's demise, Communism still thrived in Russia in spite of Lenin's death, and when it comes to political insurgency or religious fanaticism, putting away the leader hardly silences the movement.

Osama Bin Laden may be long dead, but his influence obviously still looms large. The group he was associated with is still very much in operation, and threats of new terrorist attacks are by no means eradicated. The United States is hunting for his son and is willing to pay up to $1 million for information on his whereabouts.

Hamza bin Laden, whose father was killed by US Navy Seals in Pakistan in 2011, is emerging as a leader in the al Qaeda terror network, according to the US State Department.

"He has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by US military forces," the Department said in a statement.

The State Department said when his father was killed, items seized from his hiding place in Pakistan indicated he was grooming Hamza bin Laden to replace him as the leader of the terror group. It also stated that the younger bin Laden is married to the daughter of the lead hijacker in the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

As American officials hunt him down, United Nations member states are required to freeze Hamza bin Laden's assets, and comply with a travel ban and arms embargo, according to the State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism. US officials estimate Hamza bin Laden is between ages 30 and 33.

We have seen this before around here, where Mohammed Yusuf was murdered and Abubakar Shekau continued to lead the Boko Haram sect to unleash mayhem in Northern Nigeria. Somehow the message outlives the messenger(s), and it remains to be seen how the menace of terrorism can be stamped out for good.