In the new video, a factions of the sect is seen in their thousands observing prayers during the Eid ceremony.
The footage, narrated in Hausa, is said to have been shot somewhere in Borno State, northeast Nigeria where the sect has its base. The group said it was using it to send a message that it remains a strong force despite Nigerian army’s claim that they have been vanquished.
Even though the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, was conspicuously absent in the video, the narrator said his deputy, whose name was not mentioned, represented him at the gathering.
It also stated its willingness to continue its jihad against the Nigerian state.
“This is our eid prayer from us and by the support of our leader Imam Abubakar Al-Shekau. We are extending our greetings to our people and fighters.“Message to the infidels and the leader of the entire infidels (kafir) who is the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, that he should know we are very strong and doing very good.
“By the will of Allah under the leadership of our leader (Shekau) will capture Buhari with our hands.”
The video comes exactly a month after the sect released a similar one which purportedly showed how the Nigerian military coordinated an aerial attack on its hideout that left some of the abducted Chibok girls dead.
In the video, the sect also indicated willingness for a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government in order to release the kidnapped Chibok girls, a move the federal government has said it is willing to consider.