- Boko Haram video is a ruse, mischievous – NAF
Tension seems to be brewing within the Boko Haram sect, as two factional leaders namely Abubakar Shakau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi are engaged in supremacy war.
Since the appointment of Abu Musab al-Barnawi by ISIS as new leader of the terror group, there has been disquiet within the rank of the terrorists, as Shakau who has been the leader of the group insists he is still in charge.
Shekau has insisted that his rival does not have what it takes to lead the terrorist group, as “it is not possible for a Muslim to profess his faith without kicking against an infidel system.”
But a new video by the Wilayat Gharb Afriqiya, which recognises the leadership of Barnawi, showed its military strength by firing machine guns and a suicide bomber drives a vehicle into what is possibly the rank of Shakau’s boys and explodes in the distance.
The video also showed bodies of dead fighters from the Shekau faction they now consider their enemy.
Shekau had in an earlier statement claimed he was deceived, and went ahead to say “we have heard news going round and attributed to people we had earlier pledged allegiance to. Even though we are not against them based on the message we heard in the world radio but we still honour ideology.
“We know those we differ with, and I have written on this long ago. All we wrote have been documented with me; some eight pages and some nine pages stating their kind of ideology. Because I stated it clear that I am against the principle where someone will dwell in the society with the infidels without making public his opposition or anger against infidels publicly as it is stated in the Quran. Anyone doing such can’t be a real Muslim thick and thin.
“This is what our ideology proved; and that is where I am. To them a Muslim can dwell in the society and do his marketing compromising core foundations. I want the world to know that we are still holding our ideology and tied with the Quran; we will not derail and will not revolt but will continue to remain in the cause of Allah. Following Prophet SAW is compulsory for us, and we will follow it to the end.
“This is our stand, and we are still in the cause of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da’awati wal-Jihad and Allah will help us. May Allah strengthen us to remain in this cause. We are still members of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da’awati wal-Jihad; no matter what they call us, we remain what we are. No matter what, we have our basis in Quran.
“No matter what they call us, what we aspire is to justify our ideology in the Quran which is ultimate because we have not derailed. We are on and in the future, we will not accept any emissary except the one we can attest he is sincere and truthful for Allah and His cause.
“In the first place, we sat and I was deceived; they said I should write my ideology to be taken if there is a mistake they will point out and bring back. They now deceive me, and it is based on some authorities and today I found out that there is one who is following principles of infidel which they want me to follow, and Prophet has stopped us against such.
“We are still in the cause of Allah and will never depart in the struggle to establish an Islamic caliphate and standing by Islam. We will continue to work for the cause of Allah; no going back. Anyone that caused this, no problem, if it’s possible may Allah show him the correct path and if it is not so may Allah protect us from his mischief,” Shekau said.
Boko Haram video is a ruse, mischievous – NAF
Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has described as a ruse and mischievous a Boko Haram new video claiming that some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls had been killed by NAF jets during air strike operations.
NAF stressed that whereas the video showed a cross section of the abducted girls and an airborne aircraft, it provided no evidence that the supposed casualties were as a result of any air to ground attack.
NAF’s director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa stated in a statement he issued yesterday that there was sufficient evidence to believe that the casualties were arranged as the positioning of the bodies clearly defiled any natural setting of a location that had undergone aerial bombardment.
The statement said further that besides, the impact and accompanying degree of damage to the bodies would have been more, were they to have died from air strike.
Famuyiwa said, “The attention of the Nigerian Air Force has been drawn to the latest video released online by the Boko Haram Terrorists, BHT group alleging the killing of some of the abducted Chibok school girls by Nigerian Air Force fighter jets.
“It is pertinent to state that the video is not only a ruse but another mischievous effort by the dying sect to draw public attention to itself.
“It is therefore clear that the video is a make-up story to discredit the NAF, and more importantly, a deliberate effort to weep up sentiment among the public in order to dissuade and discontinue the use of airpower which has proved very effective as the major determinant factor in the successes recorded in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North-East.
“The NAF has put-in place a number of measures to avoid the incidence of collateral damage. To this end, considerable effort is committed to undertaking Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, both day and night, to ensure that only legitimate military targets are engaged.
“Besides, NAF ISR platforms carry highly sophisticated equipment on-board which are able to provide pin-point accurate intelligence about target location and description as depicted in the enclosed video on our ISR operations; and where there are doubts about target status, we do not undertake strike missions.
“In any case, the NAF, being a professional fighting force, has not and will not engage in unprofessional practices in discharging its statutory duties.
“The NAF will like to assure Nigerians, living within the vicinity of its operations, of their safety. While urging them also to disregard the BHT video as a mere propaganda, the NAF wishes to use this opportunity to restate its commitment to restoration of peace in the North East and other troubled areas in the country,” the NAF said.