Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has urged his fighters to “kill, slaughter and abduct … and detonate bombs everywhere,” in a new video in which he mocks the Nigerian Government who earlier announced he had been killed.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last week boasted that “the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.”
In a video posted on YouTube, Abubakar Shekau said:
“I am here, well and alive,the battle is just beginning. Our mission is to establish an Islamic caliphate”
“Kill all the infidels and detonate bombs everywhere,” Shekau says in the video. “Yes! I want you to kill, slaughter and abduct.”
“Kill all the infidels and detonate bombs everywhere,Yes! I want you to kill, slaughter and abduct.”
The Army have claimed to have killed Shekau at least three times and earlier this year declared he had been fatally wounded. This week, the army said it seized Shekau’s Quran in the Sambisa Forest assault — wanting to indicate he was on the run.
Each time such claims are made, the Boko Haram leader reappears in a video to mock them.
With Shekau still alive, it is unlikely to see an end soon to the deadly suicide bombings, village attacks and assaults on remote military outposts in northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram announced an attack on an army barracks “killed and wounded many” soldiers on Dec. 22 which was the same day the army said it seized the forest hideout.
Already, there are reports that the insurgents have been regrouping south of their northeastern stronghold.
Boko Haram have killed more than 20,000 people, spread across Nigeria’s borders, driven 2.6 million from their homes and created a humanitarian disaster with some 5 million people facing starvation.