The BBC has reported that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS terrorist group has named a new leader for the Boko Haram in the person of Abu Musab Al-barnawi who was featured in ISIS’ latest magazine.
The report was not clear on what would or has become of Abubakar Shekau, who had led the terrorist group since its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed in 2009.
The Boko Haram had pledged allegiance to ISIS early 2015 after which not much had been heard from Shekau since then.
He last appeared in a video amid speculation that he had been killed, declaring that the end had come for him.
“For me the end has come,” he had said in the video, which was subdued compared to his other videos in which he bragged and taunted the Nigerian government.
Under his leadership, the group had carried attacks in several states in the North East, killing thousands and displacing millions of Nigerians and claiming some Nigerian territories especially in the Northeastern region of the country.
The Boko Haram is responsible for the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, an attack that attracted global condemnation and outcry.
Unfortunately the abducted girls are yet to be rescued from captivity, save for one of them, Amina Ali, who managed to escape from the terrorists and was rescued by some Civilian JTF members earlier this year.
The terrorist group also claimed responsibility for attacks on the United Nations Office, Abuja as well as blasts in the Nyanya axis of the Federal Capital Territory that killed more than 80 people.
A late push by the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan and an onslaught by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has resulted in the deaths and arrests of many of the insurgents with survivors retreating farther into the Sambisa Forest.