In the first 25 days of 2012, Boko Haram has killed at least 250 people,killing 185 people in Kano on a single day (20/01/2012).
In 2011, they killed at least 450 people.
Their spokesmen say that they should be known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (جماعة أهل السنة للدعوة والجهاد).
Since the start of their self-declared jihad in 2009, after 7 years of teaching Salafism peacefully while arming itself, the group has killed at least 1500 people and caused mass civil displacement in Nigeria’s North-East.
In 2010, Abubakar Shekau, the new leader of the group after the killing of its founder- Mohammed Yusuf, invited a Daily Trust (Northern Nigeria’s most read daily newspaper) reporter who was blindfolded, to its base in Maiduguri. Shekau warned of an escalation in the jihad in the coming days.
The Nigerian police dismissed the report, saying Shekau was dead.
At least 800 people have died since then.
According to 24/7 Nigeria News Update (as of 14.57 GMT+1,29/01/2012):
- 109 Somali Trained Sucide Bombers have arrived Nigeria
- Kabiru Sokoto has surfaced In Niger Republic.
- Sokoto town is next in line for attacks (Source: Abu-Qaqa,Sect’s spokesman who spoke on phone with reporters in Kano on the evening of 28/01/2012)
- ￼Information recently made available to 247ureports.com from source within the ranks of the terrorist Islamic group, the Boko Haram indicates not all is well with the federal governmentof Nigeria and it’s call to dialogue. The Islamic group has began preparations for another grand attack. Intelligence reports confirmed by Boko Haram source point the next attack at one of the northern states near the Bauchi tri state area.
Bauchi State was supposed to have been “destroyed” immediately following the black friday attack on Kano State. Personalities within the State government of Bauchi State calmed tensions. They approached the terrorist and suggested dialogue – of which – the source admitted that they stopped and dispatched their men to Kano to assist complete some “remaining assignment”. It is not certain the extent the Bauchi State government reached to have placated the Boko Haram. What is certain is the group’s determination to ‘destroy’ Bauchi State once the operation in Kano State has been completed.
Adding the international linkage to Somalia, [the second home of the Al Qaeda king pin, Osama Bin Laden] is the ungaurded threat that ”we are 38 here, 109 more of us are coming from Somali ready for sucide missions. We want to destroy Nigeria, not separate Nigeria. Our men are already in Onitsha, in Lagos and Port Harcourt”. Adding also that ”the River Niger Bridge can be ‘done with’”.
This development, the State Security Service [SSS] in Awka confirms. They have received intelligence pointing to Boko Haram activity near the River Niger Bridge. The SSS deputy director said the agents are monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, the escaped mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing at Madalla, Suleja, Niger State, according to the source, has moved to Niger Republic to a town near Diffa – where he is well protected. Presently engaged in the planing of more sucide attacks against the police, prominent politicians and religious clerics [both christians and moslems] of Nigeria.
On the police escape, he said “the Abuja Police” did not let Kabiru Umar Sokoto go. It was through the help of “our youths”. They overpowered the police and secured his freedom. ”He” exited through the “kind assistance” of some officials in Gigawa and Katsina State.
In a related development, intermidiaries have begun attempts at possible dialogue. It is gathered both sides have made contact. But “we don’t trust them”, states the source. He claims the President of Nigeria does not respect them. And promises “he will soon see.”
Are Nigerian hoping for a hero?
Are Nigerians waiting on their government and security agencies to save them?
Are Nigerians hoping in hope that this blood spilling will end?
As souls depart like eagles from dead bodies in thousands, how long shall Nigerians stand and await the much prayed for hero?
Is the hero President Goodluck Jonathan or IGP M.D. Yusuf? Is the hero Gen. Andrew Azazi or Air-Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin?
Nigerians can you hear heaven? Or is heaven listening to you?
In the meantime, Boko Haram is watching, they are laughing as we all fly away.