“Western education is a sin ! What does that mean to you? It’s the definition of ‘Boko Haram’, the Islamist group of which I, Abul Qaqa, am the spokesman. The group, founded in 2002 by Muhammad Yusuf in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, has been making a name for itself in Africa and throughout the world. Its original name in Arabic is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad).
We do not beat around the bush. Our goal? The application of Sharia law throughout Nigeria. How do we go about it? Through kidnappings, bombings and suicide attacks aimed at the United Nations, churches and symbols of the federal government such as police stations.
The media are also a target, with good reason ! We have warned journalists and news organizations on many occasions to be professional and objective in their reports. We are at war with the Nigerian government and, unfortunately, the media have not been fair and objective enough for our liking.
We were behind the coordinated attacks in Abuja and Kaduna on the offices of several newspapers including ThisDay, The Moment and The Daily Sun in April last year. We were also responsible for the murder of Zakariya Isa, a cameraman with the state-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in October 2011. He was shot several times outside his home as he returned from the mosque. Despite denials by his colleagues and the intelligence service, we are certain that lowlife spied on us on behalf of the Nigerian security services.
We don’t like nosy parkers. In January 2012, the Kano correspondent of Channels TV was killed when he tried to interview victims of a series of suicide attacks that we had just carried out in the city. You may think we killed him to stop him from filing a report. How right you are.”
*to show how some predators really think, we have presented their innermost thoughts in the first person. We had to use a little imagination, of course, but the facts alluded to conform to reality.