- We have defeated insurgents – Military
Self-acclaimed leader of Boko Haram terror group, Abubakar Shekau has threatened to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and the rest of the world.
Shekau, who issued the threat in a 24-minute new video, also challenged ISIS leader, Abubakar al-Baghdadi, that he would not follow the leader he appointed because he doesn’t follow what they call authentic creed.
This will be the first time in five months since Shekau would be appearing in a video, having appeared last in March this year and according to reports by AFP, Shekau featured a masked man surrounded by armed men in a non-descript location.
The man, who spoke in most part of the video, said there were several secret issues the group would not divulge in video until they met al-Baghdadi or have opportunity for live audio conversation with him.
Towards the end of the video, Shekau appeared brandishing a machine gun.
He spoke for the last six minutes of the 24 minutes video where he threatened the world and called himself the leader of the group, without making reference to ISIS.
Shekau boasted that he was alive and that war had just started.
Bellow is an excerpt from what he said in the video:
“We do not need to kill our Muslim brethren. We kill unbelievers. We don’t fight anybody except those that God fights. We don’t declare as apostate except he that God has declared apostate. We are on our resolve by God’s leave to follow the book and tradition based on the understanding of pious predecessors.
“O our scholars, o our respected scholars be patient, patience after patience, by the leave of the Most High God.
“O you non-believers, die in your rage. We shall fight you. We shall humiliate America and Nigeria. We believe in the verse of our lord. ‘They will not harm you except for [some] annoyance. And if they fight you, they will show you their backs; then they will not be aided.’ (Q 3:111)
“And our lord said (Q, 29 41) ‘The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.’
“O you who want me dead, if my time come, I will die by the leave of God the most high: ‘And it is not [possible] for one to die except by permission of Allah at a decree determined. And whoever desires the reward of this world – We will give him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter – We will give him thereof. And we will reward the grateful.’ (Q3:145)
“I am son of Muhammad before I say father of Muhammad Abubakar of Shekau leader of the people committed to tradition for preaching and jihad, I came out by the leave of God not only for Nigeria but for the whole world. Die in your rage, o you disbelievers. Glad tidings to you o, Muslim brethren. We, by the leave of God the Most High, will fight the non-believers until we see that God’s word is the most high. This is what we wish to talk about by the leave of God the Most High.
“Oh, Buhari die in your rage. I am alive.”
Military has defeated Boko Haram – Buratai
Meanwhile, amidst this new threat, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai has insisted that the Nigerian Army had defeated Boko Haram and had also prevented them from re-grouping anywhere in Nigeria.
Gen Buratai made this known in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, in his palace in Jishe, Jos.
The army boss, who was on a familiarisation tour of military units and formations under the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, told the Gbong Gwom that the Nigerian military had rendered the insurgents incapacitated.
His words: “Your Royal Majesty, I’m here to pay a courtesy call on you before embarking on my familiarisation tour to units and formations under the 3Division and indeed Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, here on the Plateau.
“You can see that our efforts in the North-East have really paid off as you can recall the incessant bombing of market places and different places of worships and population areas has virtually stopped now; and I can assure you and the people of Plateau State that they will never witness Boko Haram attacks like you witnessed in the past.
“For a long time now we have not had any cases of that nature here on the Plateau and other parts of Nigeria; it is because of the efforts of the military in the North-East. The Nigerian Army has not only succeeded in rooting them from their camps in the North East, we have been able to blocked these criminal elements from crossing down to this areas or building their camp anywhere in Nigeria.
“I want to assure you that we would remain resolute in the discharge of our duties, I want to particularly commend you on your role as the Gbong Gwom Jos, including all the moral support you gave us through wise counsel. We must acknowledge your support.
“Apart from you, I want to also acknowledge the cooperation of Plateau people to the Nigerian Army. It is a fact that we have received excellent cooperation and understanding especially towards the Nigerian Army operating in Plateau State. I know there has been little challenges here and there and the most recent one is the one that happened last two to three weeks or about, but not withstanding we still got your full backing and full support and the army in particular will ensure that we maintained the needed peace at all time.
“The commander, Operation Safe Haven, just assumed duty; I personally chose him to head this command because of his experience and knowledge and diplomatic skills when he was the chief of Civil-Military Affairs in Army Headquarters. I want to assure you that the army will give all the corporations within its duties as enshrined in the constitution, and we want to reassure you that permanent peace will return back to Plateau State,” the army chief said.
In his remarks, the Gbong Gwom Jos said, “The success of the Nigerian Army over Boko Haram did not come to me as a surprise because I know very well that the Nigerian Army historically has always distinguished itself wherever they have served and today, that particular history is still very much playing itself out.
“Let me on behalf of Plateau State thank you and your men whom over the years have been paying sacrifices to work towards restoring peace, law and order not in Plateau State but all over Nigeria. Just some months back, Nigerians were apprehensive to whether Boko Haram will consumed Nigeria or Nigeria would overcome it.
“But we thank God Almighty for your efforts and that of your men by restoring hope to Nigerians. The sacrifices you have made that have translated to almost a total end to this destructive elements
“We note that upon the discharge of this responsibility you have lost some men who sacrifice their lives for peace of this country, we pray that God in his Mercy would grand them internal rest and console their families.
“My appreciation goes to the President and Commander in Chief of the Army Forces, President Muhammad Buhari for waging a successful fight against insurgency in the country,” he further said.