Boko Haram is about more than disenfranchisement and a quest for identity.
Its mission is to establish Islamic law ”” or at least Boko Haram’s version of it ”” over Nigeria. It is driven by a religious fundamentalism that sanctions the deliberate destruction of churches and the slaughter of worshipers.
On Christmas Day it targets churches. There’s nothing secular about Boko Haram.
No less than Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said so himself. Claiming credit for a massacre that took place in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga ”” in which hundreds were shot on sight or dragged from their homes and killed ”” Shekau said in a YouTube video, according to the Associated Press: “We are the ones who fought the people of Baga, and we have killed them with such a killing as he [Allah] commanded us in his book.”