In his latest video, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the brutal attack in Baga, Borno state, which some have labelled as the deadliest attack by the sect ever. Some reports put the number of deaths in Baga at 2000, even though the military authorities claim it was a lower figure of 150.
Shekau boasted in the 35-minutes video: “We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book. We will not stop. This is not much. You’ll see.”
Shekau said that even though some countries in West Africa are meeting to have a united front against Boko Haram, it would be futile.
He displayed a large cache of weapons which he said was taken from a military base in Doron Baga and used by troops from Nigeria, Niger and Chad.
“The kings of Africa, you are late. I challenge you to attack me even now. I’m ready,” he said.
Shekau claimed that Cameroun’s President Paul Biya had asked for help because he was “gripped by fear” and mocked Deby for his offer of assistance.
Niger’s President, Mahamadou Issoufou, was also warned for commiserating with France after the recent Islamist militant attacks against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“Muhammad Yusuf (Mahamadou Issoufou), is that your job? Ah, ah, ah! Muhammad Yusuf, you will see. President of Niger, you will see,” he said.
Shekau burnt the Nigerian green-white-green flag as his men cheered, then he raised the Boko Haram flag saying “This is the replacement of the Nigerian flag.”
He also said in English: “Nigeria is dead, (the) constitution is dead.”
Watch short clip from Shekau’s latest video: