The leader of Boko Haram sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau, released a video on Monday 5th May 2014 in which he claimed responsibility for abducting over 200 school girls of Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state (North East Nigeria) and said he will soak all Nigerian soil with Christian blood, and Muslims opposing the sect, whom he described as infidels.
The video lasts 56 minutes and 58 seconds, and shows Iman Shekau speaking
from a script, surrounded by heavily armed fighters, backed by an
armored personnel carrier, and two other armed vehicles.
Shekau said, "I am the one that took your girls. Are you the one that
created the girls? I will sell them in the market. I have my own market
of selling human beings. It is Allah, the owner that instructed me to
sell. I will sell the girls."
And he added, "It is Allah that
instructed us, until we soak the ground of Nigeria with Christian blood
and so called Muslims contradicting Islam. After we have killed, killed,
killed, and get fatigue and wondering on what to do with smelling of
their corpses, smelling of Obama, Bush and Jonathan worried us then we
will open prison and be imprisoned the rest. Infidels have no value."
Nigerian schoolgirls, aged between 15-18, were abducted from a remote
school in Chibok village, Borno State, in Northeast Nigeria on April 15.
The girls and young women came from schools in Izge, Lassa, Ashigashiya
and Warabe to write their final exams because other schools were shut in
Borno state because of attacks by Boko Haram.
Iman Shekau said
the sects friends are those in Afghanistan, Mali, Yemen and Pakistan,
and not those Arabs who just bragged with their colors but deal with
Americans and the West. Shekau said there is slavery in Islam, contrary
to his critics, noting that Prophet Muhammed took slaves during Badr war
in Hejaz region of western Arabia in present day Saudi Arabia.
said, "Just because I took girls in Western school they are worried. I
say they (the girls) should desert the school. They should go and
marry. Stupid people. Talking about human rights and democracy.
Nonsense. People that are doing same sex marriage and saying they are
And he added, "I will imprison Jonathan's daughter, any
one that turn to Islam will be saved. For me anyone that embraces Islam
is my own. Stupid Jonathan, you will be surprise. Until the land is
soaked with blood."
Later he said, "This is a war against
Christians and democracy and their constitution, we have not started, we
will be in Abuja, and in your state. This war is against Christians, I
mean Christians, generally the infidels. Allah says we should finish
them when we get them."
Shekau boasted in the video that he has
no business with infidel's money, "I have no time with your trillion. I
am working for Allah and will die for it. No one can stop me. You
killed Mohammed Yusuf. Are you not saying he is even better than
Shekau? Even if you kill me, other fighters will rise better than me, I
am nothing and worthless before Allah who I am working for. You are
sitting with Christians and saying we are one, saying there is no
difference. We are not one with infidels."
Later he said, "It is a
lie, in fact you suppose to wash and re-wash a plate Christian eats
food before you eat as Muslims. You know all these things and you are
contradicting Islam. Are Christians the people we should play with? They
killed us in Shendam, Zangon Katab and all the places. It is either you
are with us or you are with them, and when we see you, we will harvest
your neck with knife."
He cursed Islamic political leaders the
late Malam Aminu Kano, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and Islamic scholar,
Usman Dan Fodio as infidels for working and accepting democracy and
constitution, and added, "We are not ignorant of all that happened."
mass abduction three weeks ago, and the Nigerian military's failure to
rescue the girls and young women, has roused national and international
outrage with protests in major cities in Nigeria, and across the world.
A number of girls have escaped who said their captors identified themselves as Boko Haram.
Nigerian Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawan told reporters the number of escaped girls is 53.