Islamist militant group Boko Haram is planning a series of coordinated mass strikes in June 2012 to prove Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan wrong on his prediction that the activities of the group would be fully curtailed by the end of June.
A source knowledgeable about the groups plot said the group had recently distributed copies of Mr. Jonathan’s speech in Hausa to its various cells to enable the various units prepare for massive attacks on security agencies, party offices and political figures around the northern region.
In particular, the group plans to attack governors Isah Yuguda of Bauchi, Jonah Jang of Plateau; Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State, as well as the former governor of Borno, Modu Sherriff, all of whom it believes are collaborating with security agencies to arrest and kill their members. Also reportedly marked for attack is the Defence Minister, Mohammed Bello.
The source also revealed that due to the sect’s desire for more political acceptance in the region it plans various attacks on the political offices of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nationwide.
SaharaReporters has also learned that the sect is planning to do an internal cleansing by killing those believed to have sold out on other members. Interestingly the sect source also revealed that Boko Haram has now set up an Internet monitoring platform to monitor discussions of their activities.
Visiting Seoul, South Korea, last week, Mr. Jonathan made the impolitic announcement to Yonhap news agency, that his government would have overcome Boko Haram by June. It was not clear how he arrived at such a deadline, or why it was necessary to broadcast it, giving his government’s poor track record with the militants and security in general.