Shekau said Boko Haram will attack the civilian JTF.
The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has
claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Giwa
Barracks in Maiduguri, describing it as a huge
Mr. Shekau, in a new video released Sunday, claimed
that thousands of his detained supporters were
released and are back in their jungle hideouts.
The video also showed a full footage of how the
barracks was attacked in shots apparently carefully
taken by one of the attacking members of the Boko
The video had chilling details of how easily the Boko
Haram gunmen invaded the fortified Giwa barracks,
having ample time until the eventual jail break that
saw to the release of virtually all the detainees, most
of whom were seen hailing the gunmen and chanting
Even women and children among the freed detainees
were seen helping the Boko Haram members with
information about the cells and the barracks’
The video contrasts the military’s version of the
attack .The Nigerian military had said over 100
members of the Boko Haram sect were killed during
the attack. The military said the attempt by the Boko
Haram insurgents to free their detained members at
the barracks failed.
Mr. Shekau, in another part of the video, said his next
focus of attack would be members of the Civilian-JTF
who he said had offended his group by helping the
soldiers in the fight against them.
Mr. Shekau also reiterated his hate for western
education and anything related to it. He threatened
to attack universities if they are not shut.
The full text of his transcribed message delivered in
Hausa and his local dialect, Kanuri, reads:
“Of course there is no doubt about it; we carried out
the attacks in Maiduguri and we were responsible for
the other attacks being carried out all over. But the
Giwa Barracks attack is something worth telling,
because Allah has helped us to kill his enemies in
Giwa Barracks. We launched the Maiduguri attacks
and killed infidels in Giwa Barracks.
“But specifically, I will devote half of my speech to
the issue of Civilian JTF. Your name is not Civilian JTF
but Civilian Trouble.
“My advice to you so-called Civilian-JTF is to flee, take
up arms, get conscripted into the army or police,
because I am telling you is that I have started a war
against you. The war against you has just begun.
“In this world, there are two kinds of people; there
are those who are with us or those who are against
us, and the latter group are those I’ll kill once I spot
them. From now on, my focus of attack is going to be
“Let the Civilian-JTF know that this is me, Shekau
talking. You will now really understand the person
called Shekau. You don’t know my madness, right? It
is now that you will see the true face of my madness.
I swear by Allah’s holy name that I will slaughter you.
I will not be happy if I don’t personally put my knife
on your necks and slit your throats. Yes! I’ll slaughter
you! I’ll slaughter you! And I’ll slaughter you again
“I call on all my followers and brethren wherever you
are, to rise and take up arms and start killing the
vagabond. Kill them, kill them and kill them. Now our
religion and our way of worship is nothing but
killings, killings and killings!
Kill and slaughter but don’t eat them. You should
spare the old, women, the lunatic, and the repentant.
“You only succeeded in arresting innocent civilians in
the city, placing tyres on their necks and setting
“By Allah, I will kill you. Killing is my job. Let’s kill
them all, we’d rather leave this world. Let the whole
world perish! May Allah curse you!
“Oh! Allah, they are your servants but are they are
assisting (Goodluck) Jonathan, they are your servants
who pray but are humouring the Koran, they are your
servants but are assisting Clinton and Obama.
“Allah gave us the courage to break into Giwa
Barracks (where) we killed and we burnt. We rescued
over 2,000 of our brethren, and most of them
Commanders!…One of them even took up a gun and
started fighting there. They all got away.
“Glory be to Allah. The world has changed! Work has
started. And for your information, western education
is forbidden. University is forbidden, you should
vacate university! You should leave university, I hate
university. You should quit university, I hate it,
“Western education is totally forbidden. Girls, you
should return to your homes. In Islam, it is allowed to
take infidel women as slaves and in due course we
will start taking women away and sell in the market.
“We carried out the Maiduguri attack. And those you
killed included freed detainees who were not our
members but ordinary people who on being freed
headed to town, thinking they were safe. They were
dressed in shorts and when you encountered them
you mistook them for us and killed them. This was
what really happened.
“We rescued all of our brethren, we gave them
clothing, shelter, vehicles, food and all they
needed….Our brethren are in good state, we thank
“Nigerians, let me let you know that you are in
serious disaster. Don’t think we are northerners,
because you are misunderstanding the whole thing.
Let me make it crystal clear to you save you from
unnecessary distorted newspapers and the radio
analysis on issues you don’t understand. We are not
fighting the north, we are fighting the world. And you
will see us fighting the world. This is our job.
“I promise that we will kill all your (Muslim) clerics.
Just like I killed Albani and it was splashed all over
the newspapers. I’ll kill them all. Who was Albani, he
was nothing. I’ll kill all of them. I’ll spare none but
who follow Allah and the Prophet. Whoever follows
Jews and the west is my enemy.
“My brethren wherever you are, in Abuja, Lagos, or
the south-south, wherever you are, commence
attacks. Even as an individual, take up your swords
and slaughter anyone you come across in his sleep.
“My brethren, take up knives and start slaughtering
people. Just pick up your knife and break into homes
and kill. I heard some people asking Jonathan to
relocate to the northeast to take charge of the fight
against us, but let me tell you, Jonathan is too small,
let even Obama, the President of America relocate to
Nigeria and take charge, we will not be deterred”.