The Nigerian extremist group, Boko Haram, released a new video in which they threatened to abduct Nigerian President Buhari.
The video was shot somewhere in Borno, the major base of Boko Haram, with its narration done in Hausa – a dominant language in northern Nigeria.
Boko Haram stated that despite the Nigerian government’s claim of outdoing the extremists, they’re still dominant and have plans to attack some more.
Disputed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was not in the video, but someone whose name was withheld and alleged to be his deputy represented him.
“Our message to the infidels, who are fighting us, especially their leader, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is that he should know that we are still in this religion. And like they keep saying that they have defeated us, it is indeed not true, because we are in good health and succeeding in our cause. We are very strong and doing very well.”
The terrorists sought to remind the President that the past government had pledged to destroy them but failed. The speaker did not hide his resentment for the Nigerian president as he kept saying Buhari will die.
The speaker in the video also threatened the Nigerian army chief and spokesperson of the Nigerian army.
“My last message is to you Buratai (Tukur, Nigeria’s Army Chief), Kukasheka (Sani, spokesperson of Nigerian Army) and the rest of the infidels. Under the leadership of our leader, Shekau, we will step further henceforth and will destroy what we never destroyed before. We are ready and even stronger now. We will go to where we never were before now and destroy what we never destroyed before now. You infidels, you are finished now. You all want to live and enjoy life; but this time around, we are well prepared to die.”
Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, described the contents of the video as empty threats.
“We don’t have any comment. We know what we have done, and what we are planning to do. The only place they have agenda, for now, is the social media.
“The only ground the Boko Haram can go to hide and pretend to be alive is the social media because it is everybody’s home,” he said according to The Punch.