The notorious Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau resurfaced in a new video to declare outright war against Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the rest of the world whom he considered ‘Western infidels,’ quote:
“You infidels of the West Africa countries, we will visit you with a calamity that will shock you for a long time to come. We will shock the whole world very soon. Watch out for us.”
Shekau had appeared in the 24 minutes video with large number of his fighters in a place which seem to be a thick forest vegetation. He was silent while one of his masked lieutenants read out a statement, pledging their stiff loyalty to him (Shekau) and denouncing ISIS’ choice of Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the terrorists new ‘Wali’ (leader).
Translations of the sect’s statement spoken partly Arabic and Hausa, Boko Haram not only threatened to visit President Buhari at the Presidential residence in Abuja, they rebuked the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the army spokesman, Sani Usman Kukasheka.
As much as they’d rejected the newly appointed Boko Haram leader, Al-Barnawi, the insurgent still professed loyalty in the leadership of Albagdadi – ISIS
Below is the excerpt from the video as reported by Premium Times.
“This is a message from the group of Jamaatu Ahlil sunna liddawati wal jihad in West Africa of the Islamic caliphate to all the Jihadists of the world; especially to Abubakar Albagdadi.
“News has recently come to us through the media outlets, including those of the infidels. The news was that someone has been made Boko Haram leader or vicegerent of our movement in West Africa. But we are telling you that the appointed person has no qualifications to become our leader. We have listened and heard from them and their comment and how they tried to defame Ahlil Sunna wal jamaaa and we are further convinced that such a person cannot become our leader. And we cannot follow the one that is not of Ahlil Sunna wal jamaaa’.
“Besides, our leader, Abubakar Shekau, has sent you an 8-point message detailing why the person you appointed (Boko Haram leader) cannot lead because he is one of those that are called irjai. You (Albagdadhi) has sent a message back to our leader asking for the meaning of Irjai which he explained to you and you have failed to get back to us till date.
“Apart from that in the message we sent to you, you’ve not been able to address all the questions asked and the issues raised till date. For that reason, we are telling you that we are together with our leader, Abubakar Shekau.
“There are other issues that we want to raise but not on this platform.
“We have not reneged on our professed loyalty in the leadership of Albagdadi. We are still with him. But we will not entertain any middle man to come between us and the Khalifa Albagdadhi until we meet face to face with the Khalifa or get a video or audio message from him, then we will reveal to him core secrets about those they are building their trust on.
“We are also warning you the infidels of the West African countries that in no distant time, you are going to be visited with a calamity from us that will marvel you all for a long time to come. We will shock the world very soon. Watch out for us.
“Especially, the Chief of Army staff , General Buratai and the army spokesman, Kukasheka; we are going to show you our strength in Nigeria. The world should know that we are no longer out to fight Nigeria but our battle is of the entire world. And the battle has just begun. It is going to be a fresh battle for you soldiers of Nigeria. Die you all in your rage.
“To you, President Buhari, very soon you will see us inside your home the presidential palace. You will hear from us right in there by the will of God. Abuja will hear from us very soon. We will demolish infidel and bring down the green white green and replace it with our flag. And under that flag, we shall worship Allah and we shall bring justice to all of you. Don’t think it is only this weapon that will aid us to destroy you but Allah will assist us to do this. Die you all in your rage. We are out to wage war on the world.”
The video proved beyond doubt that the Boko Haram’s previous leader, Shekau is still alive and composed contrary to previous assumptions on his frail health.