Leader of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau released a video informing the public that they are very much alive, disputing claims that the insurgent had been chased out of their famous base, Sambisa Forest.
While he wasn’t speaking in his normal energic way, Shekau said he was ready to fight against people who opposed his group, and teach ‘the truth’ to those willing to learn
“I have no lengthy message to deliver except on the issue of worshipping God alone and serving Him without getting tired. Ours is not like that of the unbelievers whose worship is like the spider web.
“Just like one of the leaders of unbelievers, who is like an ape, was recently boasting that they have formed a joint force with Cameroonian forces to fight us.
“That they would not only chase us from Sambisa forest but also in all parts of Nigeria. So we too have declared that we do not want to see any Nigerian in Cameroon, in Chad, in Nigeria and even in Benin Republic.
“So I call on our brethren in Abuja, in Lagos, in Benin, in Kaduna, wherever you find any Nigerian make sure you shoot him dead if he is deliberately against us; but if he is ignorant of our ways, teach him on how to understand our ways. This is our first message.
“This is the message I have for you all. My name is Abubakar Shekau, the one that is an invincible enemy that you are fighting. That is our stand. I am tired of this calamity; it is better I die and go to rest in paradise.
“It is not about approaching you because that has already been done by our God. Our second message is to attack anyone who pledges to Nigeria, his country, to be faithful, loyal and honest and serve Nigeria. Anyone who believes in protecting the interest of Nigeria is our target.
“The one whose creed is to develop western education where infidels are trained is our enemy. Whoever that stands on any creed other than that of our Prophet Muhammad brought to us; the one that his great disciples followed, should know that he is our avowed enemy and if he confronts us we will fight him.
“In this job that we embarked upon, we are not going to boast too much about, but we pray that God should take our lives while on this struggle and not on any other thing else. May God help us on this belief.
“So you Nigerians especially the youth vigilante, we are going to fight you and that thing that drives you to pick up arms against us; we don’t care what they call you, be it Civilian-JTF or any kind of force. Just as you said you don’t want us on the face of Nigeria, so shall we too declare you persona non grata in Sambisa.
“Let anyone who has brains to think to avoid moving around Sambisa forest. Those of you the leaders of the troops will no longer have peace just like the way you think you have made here uncomfortable for us.”