Abuja, Feb 2 (PTI) Dreaded radical Islamic sect Boko Haram today claimed responsibility for the killing of a governorship aspirant and six others in Nigeria”s northern state of Borno last week.
The sect also claimed that it had planted bombs which exploded near a military barracks in Abuja, the oil-rich African country”s capital city on December 31 last year.
The group wrote releases and pasted them on walls at several locations in the town of Maiduguri where the killing occurred using its official name ”Jama”atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda”awati Wal-Jihad”.
The governor of the state Ali Modu Sheriff had claimed Friday that the assassination of Modu Fannami Gubio of the opposition All Nigerian People”s Party (ANPP) was politically motivated.
“As we have been telling everybody around the world, these attacks we are launching, just like the one we launched on the eve of Christmas in Borno and Jos are being done in order to propagate the name of Allah and to liberate ourselves and our religion from the hands of infidels and the Nigerian government,” the group said warning people not to place themselves close to where security agents or politicians are living.
Borno state police spokesman, Lawal Abdullahi asked the public to go about their legitimate duties as the police is on top of the situation, adding that group will soon be brought to book.
“These people are not Islamic and I think there is a political undertone because there is nowhere in the Koran where their activities are recognised. They kill and maim which is not in the Koran,” Imam Abdurrasheed Abubakar, the director, centre for inter-religious relations in Africa told PTI.
He added that it is time Muslims stand up to speak against the sect.
On January 28, unidentified gunmen shot dead Gubio and six others, including his brother, security aides and political friends in the presence of his father after they attended a prayer session.
The assailants who rode on two motorbikes immediately sped off with motorbikes.
Boko Haram”s preaching aims at castigating Western education and promoting Islamic sharia legal system.
Nigeria has scheduled elections for April and voter registration started barely two weeks ago.
Boko Haram caused an uprising that led to the death of more than 800 people last year in 2009 and the leader of the group, Muhammed Yusuf, was captured and killed by the Nigerian military.
Nigeria”s 150 million population is shared equally among the Muslim and the Christians and they live side by side in several cities and villages.