The Nigeria Islamist terror group, “Al-Wilāyat al-Islāmiyya Garb Afrīqiyyah”, popularly known as Boko Haram, has announced a new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi. He replaces Abubakar Shekau, who has featured in all the Boko Haram propaganda videos and audio messages.
Abubakar Shekau had been alleged killed three times by the Nigerian government only to resurface in videos to denounce the claim.
Nothing much is known about the new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi. What can be noted is that Abu Musab Al-Barnawi’s announcement marks a phase and a new era of leadership that would possibly see another phase in the activity of the terror sect in West Africa.