shekau boko haram

The need for the Guards Brigade to reinforce security in and around the Presidential Villa, may be more compelling now, as the acclaimed ‘leader’ of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack Presidential Muhammadu Buhari, and other regional leaders soonest.

In the latest video, on Monday, August 7, Shekau, vowed to attack the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, as well as the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, DAPR, Col. Sani Usman.

The latest video is coming few days after Shekau refuted claims that his deputy, Abu Musab Al-barnawi, had assumed the leadership of the local terrorist group, which has threatened the sovereignty of the Nigerian State.

Flanked by heavily-armed fighters, Shekau referred to President Buhari and others as “infidels”, while challenging the military to be prepared for what he suggested, may be the most vicious attack in the country.

“I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria, and the whole world,” Shekau said.

He also indicated in the video that was recorded in Arabic and Hausa languages, his plot to extend the planned attacks to other parts of the world.

“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,” he said.

The re-appearance of the leader of Boko Haram at this time, no doubt, introduces a new twist to the claim by the military, that he (Shekau) had died over a year ago, during a counter-terrorism operation in the North-East.

In the meantime, the seeming leadership crisis besetting the sect has yet to abate, as Shekau reaffirmed his control over the group, whose bloodletting campaign had resulted in the deaths of over fifteen thousand people.

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