Voice of America | Boko Haram Video Brings Threat to Nigerian Government ‘Doorstep’
A 14-minute YouTube video is heightening tensions between Nigeria’s government and a violent Islamist sect President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to destroy. Analysts say the video has revealed the president’s miscalculation of the extremist threat.
The YouTube video opens with graphics of spinning flowers and crossed AK-47s. Bubble letters identify it as a message to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan made by the group that calls itself People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad, more commonly known as Boko Haram.
The group’s suspected leader, Abubakar Shekau, is seated with four armed and masked men. He tells viewers the Nigerian president was boasting two weeks ago when he said the government would destroy the group within three months.
“We have sworn and we are telling you, Jonathan, that there is nothing that you can do to stop us,” Shekau says.