Christian congregations in northern Nigeria had taunted Boko Haram insurgents with defiant hymns about religious war before their churches were overrun and burnt and their people slaughtered.
In one of the songs obtained by The Times the catchy beats belied an ominous message. “Muslims don’t want peace … they are destroying people’s lives,” the singer claims. “We Nigeria, we Christian Nigeria, we have come together now, we understand this is a religious war.”
In a series of musical call-and- replies, a male singer lists states and cities that have been attacked by the insurgents while a female chorus responds: “They burnt our churches!”
“You Muslims you bring Sharia law just to oppress Christians,” it continues in the Hausa language, which is predominant in Nigeria’s north.
David Kwagga, an officer in the Boys’ Brigade, a Christian youth movement, had the song on his mobile phone when his home town, Michika, was overrun last year. He said members of the brigade, who provided security outside churches, had been “selling it around,” and that it was popular in services.