On Saturday, December 24, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Nigerian military had succeeded in liberating Sambisa forest, one of Boko Haram’s hideout. Four days later, the Nigerian Army briefed journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state capital about the way the military outfit led other armed forces to take over what is now known as Camp Zero, Boko Haram’s stronghold in Sambisa forest.
But in a swift response, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video today, December 29, to deny claims that the insurgent group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold. According to Shekau, he and his members are safe and have not been flushed out of anywhere. The Boko Haram leader urged the government to stop telling lies to the people in the 25-minute video.We have highlighted ten key things Abubakar Shekau said in the new video.
1. “It is a big lie that the military has flushed out Boko Haram.”
2. “It is only what Allah destined on them that will happen to them.”
3. “Our power is not from human beings but it’s from the divine power of Allah.”
4. “The federal government and the army said they captured over 1,000 Boko Haram suspect, but this is far from the truth.”
5. “All the advanced countries like Italy, Germany, France, USA are wasting their time by saying they are assisting Nigeria to wage war against Boko Haram.”
6. “Democracy is a devilish system of government as well as the use of the constitution.”
7. “The only thing we recognise as our constitution is the Glorious Qur’an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad.”
8. “Why will Muslims and President Buhari associate themselves with Christmas, Christians are totally on the wrong path as they do not follow the true teachings of Jesus Christ.”
9. “It is our faith that has been helping us, it is not the arms and ammunition.”
10. “It is only Allah that can take my life.”
However, the authenticity of the video cannot be immediately verified and may have been shot long before the destruction of Camp Zero by the Nigerian armed forces.
We were able to obtain 11-minute fragment only of the video, you can click HERE to watch it