Boko Haram extremist sect leader Abubakar Shekau has described Monday’s bomb attack in Abuja – which he claims responsibility for – as a ‘tiny incident’ which would soon be followed by more attacks.
A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video obtained by AFP. The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria’s capital that killed at least 75 people, in a video message obtained by AFP on April 19. AFP PHOTO
The group released its new video to journalists in northeast Nigeria Saturday, hours after the AFP news agency published highlights of the clip.
In the video, Shekau admitted responsibility for the Nyanya bombing which officials say claimed more than 75 lives and injured over a hundred.
Witnesses and reporters, however, put the casualty figure far higher.
Shekau, who appeared in the video, as usual, clad in a military attire, with a long dark cap strapped with a dark turban, with an AK-47 rifle across his chest, spoke boastfully about the prowess of his group and how vulnerable the Nigerian nation is to him and his men.
He described the Nyanya blast as “tiny incident”, which according to him does not merit the global condemnation that it has generated.
He said the attack was just the beginning of more attacks on the nation, adding that it was a general reprisal for all the killing Muslims across the country and the world suffer “in the hands of infidels”.
Reading from a few pages of a white spiral-bounded papers held with his left hand, the deadly Boko Haram leader continued to point threateningly with a thick chewing stick held in his right hand.
Shekau heaped scorn, as usual, on President Jonathan whom he told in the video that his group have been within Abuja, yet they can never by found.
He spoke at top of his voice into the camera, laughing sarcastically.
“Let the world know that we were responsible for the bombing within Abuja in an area called Nyanya. [President] Jonathan, you are a lame duck. Jonathan, you are now too small for us. We can only deal with your grand masters like Obama the president of America. Even they cannot do anything to us. We are more than them,” he said.
“Yes, we did it. We carried out the attack because you kill Muslims in Plateau. You kill Muslims in every country of the world. Why don’t you global tyrants talk when Muslims are killed in Afghanistan? Why don’t you talk when Muslims were killed in Iraq? And they are still being killed. Why don’t you talk when Muslims are killed in the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, and now Yemen, Mali, Azerbaijan, Shishan, Pakistan?” he asked.
“Why were you not complaining when our Muslim brethren were killed in Plateau, their wives were forcefully taken and raped, and if they give birth, their children were being killed? So because of that tiny incident that happened in Abuja, everybody is out there making an issue out of it across the globe.
“We want you, Jonathan, to know that we are worshipping only God that is why we are always victorious in all our attacks; stupid fellow like you; if you are that wise, why is it still very difficult for you to locate where we are up till date despite the fact that we are within Nigeria. Look at us we are right within your city; and you don’t even know how to find us. Let me tell you now. I am here very close to you. I dare you to get me, if you can.
“You cannot do anything. Remember that this is the exactly the fifth year that you boasted that you were going to finish with us in just three months; so we are not bothered with any further boasting that you will make now because what you cannot accomplish in five years, is very difficult to achieve now, never!
“We will not stop until our aim is achieved; so everyone that calls himself a Muslim should stop obeying the constitution, should leave democracy, should stay away from western education.
“We are the bombers of Nyanya. Yes, we are the bombers. If you really want to know who did it, let me tell you now. It was Shekau that did it.”
Chuckling and tapping his chest, he said, “This is me, Abubakar Shekau, whose turban you don’t like seeing, whose armoured shirt you so much hate. This is my usual gun with which I kill. Get more annoyed, because I am still here. Yes, I am the Shekau that does not like Christians, and I don’t like Muslims that relate with Christians.
“We have been commanded by Allah not to associate with infidels because they cannot be trusted until they accept your religion. So you cannot say you are a believer and then you go and follow democracy; we cannot allow you to ridicule the religion of God; never!
“I am not afraid of death; and I pray that God should let me be killed by an unbeliever so that I can gain His paradise. We don’t love this sinful world of yours; we want to die and go to the presence of Him who created everyone so that we can enjoy ourselves.
“I don’t care if you call me a liar, a mad man or a stupid person; all I know is that you all are ignorant”.
“We are the ones that carried out the Abuja operation and every other recent attacks. Today whereever you are, if you don’t follow the way of Allah, these calamity will befall you. Jonathan if you don’t repent and follow the path of God, you will find yourself alone before your creator.
“Yes, I am the dreaded Shekau: the one even Obama fears; not even Obama, even if Pharaoh were alive today he would reckon with me [laughs]. To hell with the United Nations, to hell with Ban Ki Moon; to hell with Obama. Yes we did the bombing in Nyanya, we did it.”