Terrorist sect, Boko Haram, on Sunday released another video where the factional leader of the group, Ibrahim Shekau, debunked claims by the Nigerian military that he has been killed or fatally wounded.
In the over 38-minute video, Shekau stated that unlike what the military would like people to think, he is “in a happy state, in goodhealth and in safety.” He also reiterated the group’s promised to capture President Buhari.
Shekau also took a jibe at the Bring Back Our Girls group, saying the only ground upon which the girls will be released is for the country to free its members across various Nigerian prisons and detention centres. “If you want your girls, bring back our brethren,” he mocked.
Communicating in Hausa, Arabic and English, Shekau berated the people of Kano and Kaduna for departing the ideals laid down by Usman Danfodio, the founder of the Sokoto aliphate.
He also dismissed the claims by the government that the group is nearly defeated saying the statements of the leadership were only figments of their imagination.
On many occasions, the Nigerian Army had claimed that Shekau had been killed only for the Shekau to release a video debunking such claim. And as recent as August, the Army released a statement saying that Shekau and other leaders of Boko Haram were injured in an air raid. This appearance of Shekau in the new video, again, signifies the resurrection of Shekau contrary to the claims of the military.
In response to the new video, the Nigerian army has urged Nigerians to attach no significance to the statements made byu Shekau, describing him as mentally unstable.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, in a press statement after the video surfaced, stated that the army was convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that Shekau irrational and mentally unfit.
“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists’ group leader is mentally sick and unstable. The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.”
He highlighted the achievements of the military in the fight against the terrorists and stated that the group is scared of its imminent elimination and is making desperate efforts to deceive Nigerians that it is still a force to reckon with.
“No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on his antecedents and as he has shown over time to be irrational and therefore unreliable, especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally,”
The military urged Nigerians not to despair in the wake of the video as the group was already decimated beyond redemption, adding“We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice.”