Boko Haram: Shekau Appears in New Video, Vows to Fight On

Abubakar Shekau, who many suspected to have been killed in a battle with the military years back, suddenly appeared in a new video, Monday, vowing to continue with the war against the Nigerian government.
In said in the new video: “I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria and the whole world.”
Last week, Shekau said in an audio message he was still head of the group despite his purported replacement by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a former Boko Haram spokesman.
“We have no desire to fight our Muslim brethren,” Shekau, who last appeared in March, said in the 24-minute video.
In an attempt to debunk the insinuation that he was dead, he said: “I’m alive by the permission of Allah,” he said in Arabic and Hausa, adding that he will only die when his time comes.
In the video he was seen wearing camouflage gear and holding a machine gun, standing between two Islamist fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
He taunted President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and condemned Western countries including the United States, France, Germany and “the tyrants of the United Nonsense (UN)”.
At the end of his speech, apparently filmed in Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest of northeastern Nigeria, he fired off rounds of ammunition into the air.
The Islamic State group appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new head of Boko Haram last week, who Shekau dismissed as an infidel, who condoned living in an un-Islamic society without waging jihad.

Author: News Editor

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