Factional leader of the deadly group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has mocked Nigeria and its national pledge.
He called it “shirk” which in Islam means the sin of idolatry or worshiping of anyone or anything besides the singular God.
In excerpts posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Ahmad Salkida, an investigative journalist close to the sect, said Shekau was seen in the video clutching an AK 47 rifle as he read a prepared speech in Arabic about the doctrines of the insurgent sect.
“The factional leader of Boko Haram that have been weakened by an internal feud that led to the emergence of another faction in 2016 and persistent military campaign by the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force appeared to have impaired eyesight as he struggled to read his group’s ideology in Arabic, while intermittently reciting Nigeria’s National pledge in English, which he repeatedly said was an act of Shirk.
“The 35 minute long speech in Arabic, according to analyst may be targeted to the international jihadi community, and not the local audience in the #LakeChad region because #BokoHaram has been made a pariah terror group, following feuds between Shekau and several warlords that gainsaid his more extreme ideology, especially the use of women and children as suicide bombers in Muslim places of worship, Internally Displaced Person camps and markets.”
This development is coming days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, declared that Boko Haram has been defeated.
According to him, the Nigerian military is now fighting an international criminal gang known as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).If you appreciated this article, perhaps you might consider making a donation to The Gazette Nigeria. Our contributors and editors are unpaid but there are inevitable costs associated with running a website. We receive no independent funding and depend on our readers to help us, either with regular or one-off payments. You can donate here. Thank you.