By GBENGA AKINGBULE
The leader of Nigerias main Islamist militant group
threatened to attack oil refineries and schools in the West
African nations mainly Christian south.
You will in the coming days see your refineries
youre boasting about bombed, Abubakar Shekau, the
leader of Boko Haram, said in the local Hausa language,
addressing residents of the oil-rich Niger River delta in a
video released to reporters in the northeastern city of
Maiduguri. Our refinery
Boko Haram fighters will extend their attacks beyond Borno,
Yobe and Adamawa, the three northeastern states where
President Goodluck Jonathan declared emergency rule last year
to combat the insurgents, Shekau said.
The group is fighting Christians wherever we meet them
and those who believe in democracy, those who pursue Western
education, he said.
Boko Haram, which means Western education is a
sin, is fighting to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in
Africas biggest oil producer, whose 170 million
population is roughly split between Christians, mainly in the
south, and Muslims, mostly in the north. The US Department
designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization in
At least 47 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram
Islamists in the northeastern town of Bama this week, a
police official said. Bama is 130 kilometers (81 miles) from
Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.