Army Headquarters Dismisses Latest Boko Haram Video

The Army said the factional leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau is unstable and irrational saying he must release the abducted Chibok girls unconditionally.

The military was responding to the latest video released by Shekau, describing it as propaganda and sign of desperation.

Boko Haram released another video in which Shekau appeared for 38 minutes, speaking in Arabic, Fulfulde, Hausa and a line in English. Shekau appeared before a black background with two armed members of the group by his side and about 15 big copies of the Holy Quran in front of him.

He rubbished claims that he had been killed or wounded during Nigerian Air Force raid. 
He also sent messages to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Ge. Tukur Buratai, and President Idris Deby of Chad.

“The unbelievers of Nigeria I am going to be addressing you and Buhari and Idris Deby. The whole world should listen. I am alive. when my days are over you people will not see me again.

“You should make all the preparations you want to make, you and your Ban kii Moon. I am trying to make the whole world to know that we are not gentle people or sociologists; it is because of God that we evade you when you throw out your bombs,” Shekau said as translated by The Nation.

He said democracy is evil and for unbelievers on “his brothers and sisters” to return to the right way. “ Do you think democracy is religion, you Hausa of Nigeria? If not for God where will we be? My brothers and sister, return to the Quran. You Buhari, go and beg people for money claiming you will collect the young girls back when it is all a lie,” he said.

He then added in English: “If you want your girls, bring back our brothers.”

But the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-General Rabe Abubakar, told our correspondent that the military is occupied with consolidating on the gains recorded against the sect.

“The Defence Headquarters’ position has always been clear: whether Shekau is alive or not doesn’t in any way matter to us, What is important to us is to consolidate the unprecedented gains and successes recorded to terminate the remnants of the sect in order to free completely the Northeast and indeed our dear nation from their unholy activities, mindless propaganda and show of shame.

“They are very much aware that their end is near as coordinated operation is hitting them hard, so the only soft ground for them is non-traditional media. They know what we have done and what we are up to. They are losing by the day and their members are surrendering on daily basis,” Gen. Abubakar said.

The Ag Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement, said the video confirmed that Shekau is mentally sick and unstable.

Col. Usman said: “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."