Extremist group Boko Haram on Wednesday threatened to launch attacks to disrupt Nigeria’s presidential election in late March, saying democracy was un-Islamic.wpid-Boko20Haram8.jpg

“Allah will not leave you to proceed with these elections ? Allah says that the authority is only to him, only his rule is the one which applies on this land,” group leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted on Twitter.

Nigeria postponed a general election by six weeks – to March 28 and April 11 – citing security concerns about the Islamist insurgency in the north of the country.

More than 13,000 people are estimated to have been killed since 2009 by Boko Haram, which controls Nigerian towns and villages within an area the size of Belgium. It seeks to establish an Islamic state.

About 1.5 million people have been displaced within Africa’s most populous nation by the conflict, and more than 150,000 people have fled to Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

GNA

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