Leader of terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has appeared apparently to tell his followers he’s still alive.
Shekau who has not appeared in any video for more than a year was seen in the seven-minute video released today, in a military uniform with a rifle resting on his left shoulder.
“I have done my part. This message is just to reassure you that I’m alive and actually the one speaking to you,” he said in both Hausa and Arabic.
There was really no clear message from the dreaded leader. The poorly produced video has none of the bravado that we have seen in previous films of Abubakar Shekau.
There was also none of Mr Shekau’s defiant bluster, taunts and denunciation of Nigeria’s political elites of previous videos. This the BBC said could be seen as signalling the end of his reign as the leader of the jihadist group.
His admission that “I have done my part or the end has come for me” could be seen as a giving up to the mounting pressure on the Islamists by regional forces.
Terrorists Are Free To Surrender – Nigerian Military
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s military has responded to the latest video showing the leader of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram by saying that it will be forensically examined to “ascertain its authenticity”.
The military said in a statement that its campaign against Boko Haram fighters continues.
“We wont take any action that can stop the ongoing offensives against the terrorists in all fronts. Every terrorist is free to surrender,” the statement added.