Nigeria’s terrorist group Boko Haram seems unstoppable. Over the past week they have added more churches, police instillation, and newspaper offices to their list of bombings, leaving forty people dead and close to a hundred wounded.
Newspaper Office Bombings
On April 26th, a suicide bomber plowed his SUV through the gates of the ThisDay newspaper office in Abuja and drove into the welcome center before the detonating a bomb. In a simultaneous, coordinated bombing at the ThisDay offices in Kaduna their was more carnage. In a video posted on Youtube, Boko Haram proudly claimed responsibility for the attacks that left seven people dead.
IN the video, the Abuja suicide bomber is shown smiling into the camera just before he drove his vehicle into the offices. The terrorist group’s spokesman said that the bombings were in relation for the newspaper’s reports of the Miss World beauty pageant held in Kaduna in November 2002. He said, “We attacked ThisDay because we will never forget or forgive anyone who abused our prophet.” The video contained threats against several other Nigerian newspapers and even some foreign correspondence, and added a warning that others were “on the verge of joining this list if they are not careful”.
Christian Worshipers Killed
The newspaper office bombings were followed on Sunday, April 29th, by attacks on church services in Kano and Maiduguri the hometown of Boko Haram. At least 19 people worshipers were killed. In the Kano attack, gunmen mowed down Christians just as they were about to receive Holy Communion. This seems to add to Boko Haram’s intention to attack at the most holy Christian occasions adding to their Christmas and Easter bombings.
Police Commissioner Target
On Monday, April 30th, a massive bomb explosion tore apart a building of the Taraba State Ministry of Finance in Jalingo. At least 20 workers were wounded. Analysts believe that the target was the Police Commissioner who was expected to be in building that morning, but he escaped harm. Jalingo is the capital of Taraba state, and is now the site of one of Boko Haram’s the southern most strikes.
On Tuesday, May 1st, former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma said publicly, “I used to tell myself that we shall muddle through but believe me, in the last two months, I began to wonder – our house is on fire. Nigeria is becoming like Somalia. The Somaliasation of our country is going on now. We have to sit down and tell ourselves the truth. Our house is on fire, let us not deceive ourselves. We must tell ourselves the truth”.
The jihadist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 440 people this year alone. Just a few weeks ago Boko Haram warned that it would bring down the government and “devour” President Goodluck Jonathan within three months. They seem well on their way to keeping that promise.