The people who do these things can only be described as savage. And yet, from a Christian perspective, they must clearly be under the control of evil forces. Ephesians 6:12 gives us the answer: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
From the Daily Mail
By Sara Malm
Boko Haram fighters have been murdering dozens of young women and girls they had taken as 'wives' and using children as 'expendable cannon fodder', the U.N.'s human rights chief said today.
As the Islamist militant group has retreated from parts of northeastern Nigeria, 'gruesome scenes of mass graves and further evident signs of slaughter,' has been brought to light, Zeid Raad al-Hussein told a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Boko Haram's reported use of children as shields and human bombs would, if confirmed, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, he said.
This comes in response to last week's reports that hundreds of women and children had been seized from Nigerian primary schools by Boko Haram militants to be used as 'human shields'.
The Islamic militants took as many as 500 adults and children from primary schools in the north-eastern town of Damasak in late February, Mike Omeri, spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, confirmed.
'Boko Haram rushed to primary schools they took children and adults that they are using as shields to protect themselves from the menacing advance of troops,' he added.
There has also been eye-witness reports of the insurgents slaughtering dozens of Nigerian women who had been forced to marry Boko Haram fighters, before a battle with government troops in the northeast town of Bama.
Witnesses said the women's Islamist militant 'husbands' feared they would be killed by advancing troops, and murdered their 'wives' to prevent them from subsequently marrying soldiers or 'infidels'.
Mr Al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, also told the council that there are 'persistent and credible reports' of serious rights violations by Nigerian and other security forces responding to Boko Haram.
Mr Al-Hussein, son of Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid of Jordan, called for 'thorough and fully transparent investigations' by authorities.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is the son of Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid of Jordan, also head of the Royal Houses of Iraq and Syria,
However, the UN does not permit the use of royal or other titles by its officials in the context of their official work.
Boko Haram has been waging a guerilla war in northern Nigeria and also attacked towns in neighboring countries, prompting nations in the region including Chad and Niger to put together a force to combat them.
The newly elected president of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, who beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in a landslide win last night, has promised to 'stamp out' the insurgency .
In Kano state, where Boko Haram's 'war' on the civilian population has been most prominent, Buhari delivered a crushing defeat to Jonathan, winning 1.9 million votes for Jonathan's 215,800.