Boko Haram’s Leader Shekau on Holy War Against Christians
“I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill – the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams,” Abubakar Shekau said in a video clip released just after an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria carried out an attack in January 2012. There’s no doubt that Shekau feels he is on a holy war against Christians.
Abubakar Shekau is the leader of the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been behind a deadly insurgency in the northeast of the country for the last five years. Since he took over in 2010, Boko Haram has become more radical and has carried out more killings. In videos Shekau posts online, he often boasts about his invincibility, mocks various armies, and states that he “cannot be stopped” and “cannot die except by the will of Allah”. Boko Haram seeks to overthrow the Nigerian government and replace it with a regime based on a strict version of Islamic Law. One of their most brutal attacks was their kidnapping of over 200 Christian girls from the city Chibok in April 2014. In a video, a laughing Shekau said the girls had converted to the Islam and were “sold at the market”.
Kidnapping, raping and killing are common practices for Shekau’s movement. Since late 2014, Boko Haram has declared an Islamic State in areas under its control, while continuing hit-and-run attacks to broaden its control.
How to pray
Shekau’s ideology will lead him nowhere. He needs the living God to tell him he’s wrong, to stop the violence, and to move towards peace and justice. Ask God to bring Shekau to repentance and disband his violent movement so that God’s Name will be glorified.