“Toted, just as our lord prescribed in his book”

Areas under the control of Boko Haram. Card: 햄방이. License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau confirms in a confession video the genocide on the "People of Baga"

In early January, the Salafist anti-education sect Boko Haram raided at least 16 localities in Nigeria. It is still not known how many people were killed, because Boko Haram destroyed mobile phone masts in the areas conquered by the group. On 15. January, the human rights organization Amnesty International concluded, based on satellite imagery, that at least the villages of Baga and Doro Gowon were virtually completely burned down.

Now the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has also confirmed in a 35-minute-long confession video, which has already been deleted from the known portals, that his Salafists are controlling the "People of Baga" Killed, "as our God has prescribed in his book". After that he announced even more crude massacres.

In recent days, there have been heavy clashes between Boko Haram jihadists and government soldiers in the northern Cameroonian towns of Mokolo and Bonderi. In the process, the terrorist group kidnapped several dozen people. Some have since been freed, while others were probably taken across the border into Nigeria. During the fighting, a special unit also managed to free a German teacher kidnapped in July 2014 in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, according to Cameroonian President Paul Biya.

Representatives of the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger met yesterday in Niamey to discuss improving cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram. The fact that this cooperation can still be improved was demonstrated, among other things, by the fact that a joint anti-terrorist unit stationed in Baga made off when the jihadists attacked and was disbanded shortly afterwards.

Now a new force is to be formed within the framework of the African Union. Chadian President Idriss Deby, who has experience of civil war, has already sent troops from Chad in advance to help in the pursuit of the jihadists.

Abubakar Shekau therefore derides the Cameroonian president in the video as a timid weakling who is dependent on Deby’s help. Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger’s president, mocks Boko Haram leader for his cooperation with France, where the new Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed appeared, causing riots in Niger last week that left at least ten dead.

Given the weapons Boko Haram has now captured, he said "kings of Africa" In Shekau’s view "late". He is ready for attacks and challenges them. In the clip, the Salafist leader also burns a Nigerian flag while shouting Allahu Akbar and declares the country and its interception to be "a terrible thing" "dead".

On 14. February, Nigeria faces re-election of parliament and President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan is a Christian Ijaw from the Niger Delta. He is challenged by Muhammadu Buhari – a Muslim Fulbe from Katsina State.

Buhari, however, must live with the disadvantage that some of his potential voters cannot vote because their homes are in the Boko Haram caliphate, which is now rougher than Ireland. There, 1.7 million Sunnis are said to have remained, while 1.5 million people have fled.

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