As if beheadings, roasting, throat slitting, bombs, and mass executions weren’t enough, Boko Haram has increased the use of one of its tactics in order to increase the death toll: deception. Although thousands have died at their hands, Boko Haram wants more. They want the annihilation of all Christians within Nigeria.
“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state.” This statement followed Boko Haram’s declaration of war on Christians.
How is Boko Haram using deception to increase its death toll? Simply by impersonating legitimate, friendly people. In the kidnapping of around 300 girls, the Boko Haram men posed as military. This ensured that no one ran off. This was repeated in the town of Antagara, where the death toll rises each passing day. Boko Haram lured all the Christians into the church by posing as military men sent for their safety. The villagers believed them to be military because they had requested a military presence after the attack two days prior.
Now, Boko Haram has changed slightly. They have started impersonating preachers. In their latest attack, in Maiduguri on June 4, Boko Haram men posed as preachers, encouraging everyone to gather around to hear their message. Once a big enough crowd gathered, the men opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 45.
Boko Haram is increasingly using deception in an effort to kill more people. It has gotten so bad, that even the government has admitted that Boko Haram has infiltrated its military ranks. There seems to be no limit to who/what they will impersonate in their efforts to rid Nigeria of its Christian population and instill an Islamic state.
In this year alone, over 3,300 people have died at the hands of Boko Haram militants and that number continues to grow daily. Three states in Nigeria have been in a state of emergency because of all the violence. People, specifically Christians, are feeling into neighboring Cameroon. But that isn’t enough. It’s not enough to terrorize. It’s not enough to kill. An Islamic state is the only thing that will pacify Boko Haram. Until then, mass murder is simply not enough.
The Globe and Mail