Leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, has accused the Nigerian military of misinforming the people about the true situation of the war against terrorism, claiming that it was still active and had launched successful attacks on many cities and killed many soldiers in recent times.
While claiming responsibility for attacks on Bama, Mallam Fatori,Gomboru-Ngala and Biu, all in Borno State and Damaturu in YobeState, Shekau, in a Salah message to members of the sect, said the military had deceived Nigerians by giving the impression that it had routed the insurgents from their strongholds.
‘The military is lying to the world about the battle we had with them; they lied that they have killed our members, but we are the ones that have killed the soldiers,” he said.
He said that rather than the impression given, the sect had killed many soldiers and threatened that it would continue with the killing of innocent Nigerians across cities in the North.
‘You soldiers have claimed that you are powerful, that we have been defeated, that we are mad people; but how can a mad man successfully coordinate recent attacks in Gamboru, in Malumfatori, slaughter people in Biu, kill in Gwoza and in Bama where soldiers fled under our heavy fire power. We have killed countless soldiers and we are going to kill more”, the sect’s leader threatened.
Claiming that members of Boko Haram were fighting a holy war supported by Allah, Shekau said their current campaign would continue until the whole on northern Nigeria is Islamized.
He called on other Nigerians to join what he called a Jihad and renounce democracy and the Nigerian constitution.
‘We call on you all to repent and come to the ways of Allah. Forget about constitution and accept Shariah. We don’t have socialism, we don’t know communism, we don’t want federalism, but we are Muslims,” he stated.
‘Let the world know that we have been enjoined by Allah to kill the unbelievers just like how we were enjoined to slaughter rams duringEidel Kabir. And we shall continue to kill those who strive to stand against the will of Allah by opposing Sharia. We don’t mind if we die doing this because it is even a blessing for us to die in this cause and gain paradise. So we are winning on either side. So it is never too late for you to repent and join us on the path of righteousness’, he said
The Boko Haram commander said that the sect had succeeded in its campaign in the North, noting that the Nigerian government had not been able to deal with it. He boasted that the sect was ready to go beyond Nigeria and confront foreign powers, particularly America.
Our strength and firepower has surpassed that of Nigeria. Nigeria is no longer a big deal as far as we are concerned. We can now comfortably confront the United States of America.