West & Central Africa

Boko Haram tell Chibok parents,‘There is a long way to go’

Abubakar Shekau has resurfaced in a video released online as proof he is live after the Nigerian military declared that he was “fatally wounded” in an air raid in one of the Boko Haram camps easy late August.

Abubakar Shekau sScreen Shot 2016-09-25 at 13.29.07aid in a new 38 minute video: “To Nigerian infidels the likes of Buhari, I am alive… carry out all your plans and nothing you do will harm me.”

In this recent video Shekau directly addressed the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. Speaking both in Arabic and Kunuri, Hausa and Fulfulde languages Shekau taunted Buratai and asked him together with President Buhari to return to the Quran and “serve God” and not democracy.

Sitting next to a pile of copies of the Quran, Shekau debunks President Buhari’s claim that the Chibok girls will be freed in any negotiations. He said, “You receive money and deceive the people saying you will negotiate and release the girls.”

He then addresses the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, “People of Chibok, there is still along way to go. There is still a long way to ‘bring back our girls, if you want your girls, bring back our ‘brothers’”

The Nigerian Army’s first reaction was that the video is an edited recording of 2014, following their earlier claim that Shekau was wounded or possibly dead. Later in a statement released to the press, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said, “The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable. The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.”