Following the emergence of Donald Trump as the president-elect of the United States of America, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, the jihadist group which has terrorised some parts of Nigeria, has reacted to Trump’s election with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West.
In a one hour long audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday, November 13, Shekau speaking in Hausa language said:
“Do not be fooled by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere.
“We are done with Obama, now we’re going to start with Trump. We remain steadfast by our faith and we will not stop. To us, the war has just begun.”
Boko Haram started unleashing terror on Nigeria in 2009 and as a result, has wasted over 20,ooo lives and properties worth millions of naira. Over the years, the insurgency has spilled over from the borders of Nigeria into neighbouring countries.
Last year, the Nigerian terrorist Group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group but has since late last year, been in the grip of a power tussle.
Despite the fact that the IS high command made it known in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf, Shekau still claims he is in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.
Exactly a month ago, the jihadist group released 21 out of the over 200 kidnapped school girls from Chibok after negotiations with the Nigerian government and even though the military is doing a great job in their effort to flush out the jihadists from the Nigerian soil, the terrorists are still fighting hard.
Senior military sources who craved anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the military, spoke to Saturday Punch on 12 November, 2016, blaming the recent upsurge in the killings and disappearances of soldiers engaged in the fight against the insurgents on the huge ransom paid for the release of the 21 Chibok girls.