•Mocks those who said he is dead
The leader of Jama’atu Ahlil Sunnah Lil Da’awatu Wal Jihad, a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared in a video, praising his fighters and boasting of recent “success” in their battle in Kumshe, Gulumba and in other areas in the crisis-torn northeast Nigeria.
Freelance journalist, Ahmad Salkida, first broke the news of Shekau’s video in a series of tweets in his official handle @A_salkida:
“Just In: Abubakar Shekau’s faction of #BokoHaram has released two videos, the group’s embattled leader featured in one. In the second video, fighters are seen in a firefight with the Nigerian Army in ‘Kumshe, Borno state, last Sunday,’ said the terror group.
“Abubakar Shekau appeared in combat gear in a new video, different from his wobbly appearance in white robe from his July, 2018 video. Was he ill, then? Has he fully recovered? Is he trying to appear as strong as ISWAP? https://t.co/oACI1HjTGu,” he tweeted.
Wearing a military camouflage, with an AK47 rifle, surrounded by four body guards, Shekau appeared more agile than in the last video he released on July 23. Back then, he looked weak, and sat on the floor, donning a white robe. This time, he stood all through the seven-minute-46-second video in full fighting gear.
“I will not say a lot, whatever you wish to say, Allah is sufficient for you,” Shekau said.
“We are a people that detached ourselves from others to wage war because of Allah, and preach because of Allah to ensure that the flag of Islam is raised, to ensure that Islam spreads, until we are no longer active. Those that said I have died, I will only die when it is my time.”
Also, for the first time, Shekau mentioned his mother who was featured in a VOA report.
“Those that had whatever to say between me and my mother, Allah is the knower of all things,” he said.
“The war we waged in Kumshe, Gulumba and some of the villages in the region that you have heard of recently, were carried out by us and the victories given to us was by Allah alone, it is not by our power or weapons.”
SaharaReporters got hold of Shekau’s latest video on Friday, a day after Boko Haram released a video footage of its raid on a Nigerian military formation in Kumshe, Borno State.
In it, its fighters were seen assembled and driving Hilux vans painted in military colours, wielding assault rifles, as they attacked a military facility in Kumshe.
The attack took place “at 5pm last Sunday, the 4th of November,” a spokesman of the group said.
The video, nine minutes and 27 seconds long, showed the fighters moving in a convoy of trucks and other fighters on foot, in a fire fight with the military.
The images also showed arms and ammunition the group claimed to have seized during the attack and other personal belongings of soldiers, including a photo album with pictures of the leadership of the military, including the photo of late Major General Idris Alkali who was killed recently in Jos and his corpse found in a well.