The book to which Abubakar Shekau is referring is, of course, the Qur’an. Somehow he got the crazy, Islamophobic idea that it calls for the murder of unbelievers. No doubt Barack Obama is on his way to Nigeria right now, to warn Shekau that he has to stop perpetuating “offensive stereotypes of Muslims.”
“Boko Haram claims Baga massacre and threatens Nigeria’s neighbours,” Agence France Presse, January 20, 2015:
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the recent massacre of hundreds of people in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and made renewed threats to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a video published online on Tuesday.
The message came as Nigerian leaders met their regional counterparts in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to discuss a regional response to the threat and Chadian troops headed to Cameroon to help repel repeated Boko Haram attacks.
The US president Barack Obama discussed the Nigerian crisis with French president francois Hollande on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
The White House said the pair spoke about the situation in a telephone call, agreeing to work with other countries to help Nigeria hold credible and peaceful elections and to support a regional strategy to counter Boko Haram.
“Heavy clashes” between Islamist fighters and Cameroon soldiers were reported in the far northern border village of Bonderi on Tuesday night.
Hundreds of people, if not more, are feared to have been killed in the attack on Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, in what could be the militants’ worst in their six-year rebellion.
The rebels burnt large parts of the town to the ground after taking control in early January. They then razed at least 16 surrounding settlements, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes, many of them into Chad and Niger.
“We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book,” Shekau said in the 35-minute message, which was obtained by AFP….