Over the years, they've been responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent people in their quest to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria. This is the same group that kidnapped 276 young girls from the Chibok Secondary School, launching the #BringOurGirlsBack hashtag. The same that murdered sleeping students in their beds.
Now the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, says he massacred all those people because God commanded him to. He shared that revelation in a YouTube video, and promised much more to come. The Baga massacre was just the beginning of worse to come.
”We are the ones who fought the people of Baga, and we have killed them with such a killing as he [God] commanded us in his book,” said Shekau, as Nigeria and its neighbors worked to deploy a regional force to confront the violent Islamist militia.
“This is just the beginning of the killings," he said. "What you've just witnessed is a tip of the iceberg. More deaths are coming.”
In the 35-minute video, Shekau also burned Nigeria’s flag and declared the country's constitution dead. "This will mark the end of politics and democracy in Nigeria," he said as gunmen fired automatic weapons into the air, yelling “God is great.”
Since Boko Haram has started venturing into neighbouring countries like Cameroon, there is fear among West African nations that the terror will spread. West African leaders have been mobilizing in an attempt to thwart Boko Haram. In fact, Baga was to be a joint regional military base for Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, headquarters for 2,800 troops. This was to have commenced sometime in November, but when the Baga attack occurred in January, Niger's soldiers had already left, Chadian troops had not yet arrived, so Nigeria was left to fend for itself. That military base was overrun and Boko Haram had a field day with all the weaponry and ammunition they suddenly inherited. Shekau said:
“Kings of Africa, you are late," he said. "I challenge you to attack me even now. I'm ready.”
Something must be done to stop these extremists from multiplying and spreading their evil across the globe.
There is a video on the Guardian UK website with snippets of Shekau's message.
Nice God they have.