– Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has threatened to bring down the Federal
Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan within three months.
Purported leader of the sect said this in his second video posted on the
14 minutes, two seconds video of Abubakar Shekau seen on YouTube was in
response to Jonathan’s comments while in South Korea, about two weeks
ago, that the Boko Haram phenomenon would be under control by the middle
of this year.
sect’s threat came even as police yesterday confirmed that the death
toll from an attack by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the
Islamist group on a town along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon has risen
to no fewer than 10. Boko Haram’s attacks have left over 1,000 people
dead since mid-2009. Apart from the latest attack in Borno, about 46
people died following bomb attack on residents of Kaduna on Easter day.
from the 17 Southern states of the country had at an extraordinary
meeting in Lagos on Wednesday appealed to the Northern elite, including
religious leaders and politicians to rise to the challenges of
insecurity which is capable of breaking up the country.
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Jonathan, cannot stop us; instead we will devour you in the three
months like you are boasting,” Shekau said in the video entitled
“Message to Goodluck Jonathan”. He was flanked by four masked men
holding rifles as he spoke.
are proud soldiers of Allah; we will never give up as we fight the
infidels. We will emerge as winners … we will finish you and end your
government,” Shekau said in Arabic and the Hausa languages.
Boko Haram, has killed hundreds in bomb and gun attacks in northern Nigeria and around the capital Abuja this year.
Threat to President Jonathan
the new video, Boko Haram otherwise known as the Jama’atu Ahl-Sunnati
Lil Da’awati Wal Jihad stated that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot
end its insurgency in June as publicly stated.
Abubakar Imam Shekau the leader of the group also said that the
Nigerian security agencies cannot take down the sect by June 2012 as
earlier promised by Jonathan. The sect leader appeared agitated
throughout the video recording.
the preamble of the message, Shekau vowed that it must destroy
Christians and Christianity in Nigeria particularly those killing
Muslims in Nigeria just as it said it will also kill all Muslims aiding
the arrest and harassment of its members.
further said: “If death is your worldly gain, for us, it is eternal
victory to die working for Allah. Our joy is to die in Jihad for Allah
against infidels like you…
are also aware of some Muslims using our name to make money, we will
say nothing but let them continue, and they will meet Allah in the last
are not doing physical human service, but Allah’s work and it is clear
your aim is killing us. Let me tell you with Allah we will triumph over
you and your men in hundreds. We are not boasting.
that finished Pharaoh and other wicked rulers that you are not up to,
will finish you and end your government. We are not afraid because we
are not doing man’s work but Allah’s work. And we will see who will
carry the day.”
Boko Haram members burnt down immigration and customs posts in the town
of Banki in Borno state Tuesday night, and also tried to set fire to a
police station where officers repelled them.
An Army spokesman earlier confirmed five people, including one customs and an immigration officer killed.
State police Commissioner Bala Hassan told the international media
yesterday that five suspected Boko Haram members were also killed
during a shootout when they attempted to attack the police station.
attackers tried to burn down the Banki police station during the attack
but the police repelled them and killed five gunmen in the shootout.
”We recovered two AK47 rifles with 12 rounds of ammunition and a car used by the attackers,” he said.
Banki has a popular market patronised by traders from Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
However, criminal gangs have also carried out robberies and assaults under the guise of Boko Haram.
Federal Government, Tuesday, flagged off the building of some Almajiri
Boarding Primary Schools in some states across the North in an attempt
to appease the Boko Haram sect but a Kaduna-based rights activist, Shehu
Sani dismissed the idea, describing them as ‘’white elephant
rising from their emergency meeting in Lagos Wednesday, southern
Christian leaders urged northern leaders to curtail the alleged excesses
of adherents of the Islamic sect.
a 10-point communiqué at the end of its inaugural meeting at the Bola
Memorial Anglican Church, Ikeja, the Christian leaders agreed to
establish a group to be known as “Southern CAN”, asking the Northern
leaders to save the nation from imminent collapse by helping to curtail
the activities of Boko Haram.
communique signed by the chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the
group, Anglican Primate, Nicholas Okoh; Archbishop George Amu and
Apostle Joseph Ajujungwa respectively also urged President Jonathan to
remain steadfast and resolute in delivering his election promises to
interdenominational Southern CAN, which would now serve as a rallying
point for Christians in the 17 southern states condemned the incessant
bombings and blood letting in different parts of Northern Nigeria and
urged the Federal Government and other relevant authorities to find an
end to the menace.
also pledged the unalloyed loyalty of the group to the leadership of
the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN,
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and “enjoined all Christians to do same and
always speak with one voice.