Recently replaced Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video, threatening to continue his fight against Nigeria and the world.
“I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy, the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself to fight Nigeria and the whole world. We have no desire to fight our Muslim brethren”, he said.
Shekau who was looking more composed and energetic in the new video mocked the suggestions that he was dead.
He said. “I’m alive by the permission of Allah,” adding that he was only going to die when his time came.
He was seen in the video wearing camouflage gear, holding a machine gun and standing in-between two Islamist fighters in balaclavas armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Shekau who ridiculed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and condemned Western countries including the United States, France, Germany, referred to United Nations as the “the tyrants of the United Nonsense”.
He fired off rounds of ammunition into the air, at the end of his speech, seemingly filmed in Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest of North eastern Nigeria.
Shekau, who last appeared in March, was last week announced by ISIS as being replaced by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
He quickly responded in an audio message saying that he was still head of the group despite his purported replacement by al-Barnawi, a former Boko Haram spokesman.
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