by Stanley Azuakola
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, has led his radical group to a string of devastating attacks against the Nigerian people in recent weeks despite the military onslaught in the region.
While political leaders in the country tackle each other with insults over trivial issues, the sect has tackled Nigerians with violence and has now claimed responsibility for attacks in Borno and Yobe communities including Malumfatori, Bama, Biu, Konduga, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, and Damaturu. The states of Borno and Yobe are two of the three states in which a state of emergency was declared in May 2013, yet the increased military action has not deterred the terrorists.
The latest incident occurred in Konduga town of Borno where 44 worshippers in a mosque were gunned down by the terrorists on Sunday evening.
Shekau, in his latest video, mocked the government and people of Nigerian. Speaking in Hausa and laughing intermittently, the Boko Haram leader said that the Nigerian military has been lying about its reported victories over the sect.
“The military is lying to the world about the battle we had with them; they lied that they have killed our members, but we are the ones that have killed the soldiers.
“We call on you all to repent and come to the ways of Allah. Forget about constitution and accept Shariah. We don’t have socialism, we don’t know communism, we don’t want federalism, but we are Muslims.
“You soldiers have claimed that you are powerful, that we have been defeated, that we are mad people; but how can a mad man successfully coordinate recent attacks in Gamboru, in Malumfatori, slaughter people in Biu, kill in Gwoza and in Bama where soldiers fled under our heavy fire power. We have killed countless soldiers and we are going to kill more. Our strength and firepower has surpassed that of Nigeria. Nigeria is no longer a big deal as far as we are concerned. We can now comfortably confront the United States of America.
“Let the world know that we have been enjoined by Allah to kill the unbelievers just like how we were enjoined to slaughter rams during Eidel Kabir. And we shall continue to kill those who strive to stand against the will of Allah by opposing Sharia. We don’t mind if we die doing this because it is even a blessing for us to die in this cause and gain paradise. So we are winning on either side. So it is never too late for you to repent and join us on the path of righteousness,” he said.