Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant Islamist group, had their bloodiest year in 2012, responsible for over 750 deaths.
General Aziza, Nigeria's former national security advisor, says the upscale in Boko Haram's terrorist attacks may be linked with the upcoming 2015 Nigerian presidential elections.
When President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, was elected president of Nigeria in 2011, a series of Boko Haram killings followed. Boko Haram made threats on the president to resign or else turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation.
Rae Burnett, the Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission, explains, "I do believe that it's spiritual warfare, but it's definitely the desire to see that Islam is the world religion. They start where they are, and these guys are Nigerian, so they want to be empowered in Nigeria."
Several of the Muslim-majority Northern states began declaring themselves under Sharia law after the 2011 elections. Of the 32 Nigerian states, 12 currently are govern by Islamic Sharia law. 2015 will be Muslims' next chance to gain power in Nigeria's political arena.
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