BH has been able to organize combined assaults against defended positions of an entire division of Nigerian troops, involving the massing of hundreds of BH troops, delineated actions on the objective, and then effectively conducted pre-coordinated dispersion plans. that speaks to an impressive level of centralized command and control that does not forestall decentralized operations.
Boko Haram is a capable, well-equipped, terrorist entity with a discernable C2 architecture capable of making and enforcing decisions and pursuing tactical and operational goals (strategic? we will see). Yeah, they are the bad guys.