The undisputed leader of Boko Haram posted a new video on social media on Sunday.
Abubakar Shekau has answered back to the Islamic State (IS) after his dismissal as head of the Islamic State group in West Africa (Boko Haram). In a video recording of 24 minutes that aired Sunday night on YouTube and then deleted, the leader of Boko Haram has vowed to intensify his jihadist struggle.
“I, Aboubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, make the battle against Nigeria and the world a personal responsibility,” he says in his video.
Shekau confirms his continuation with the jihad by saying: “I have no desire to kill our Muslim brothers.” In this new video, Shekau contradicts himself. Because he had suggested in a previous video released in March that “for me, the end is coming.” In response to the IS who named Abu Mosab al Barnaoui last week to succeed him, Shekau visibly changed the tune.
To demonstrate that he is not losing momentum at the end of the video, Shekau shoots in the air as in previous recordings. This new output of Shekau reopens the debate on the true leader of the Nigerian sect.