The military yesterday dismissed the latest video by factional leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau,calling him “unstable and irrational .The army also called it propaganda and sign of desperation.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said the video confirmed that Shekau is mentally sick and unstable.
“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.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that they should not be bothered by the contents of the video clip. This is because the facts on the ground speak for themselves. It is public knowledge that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls.
“This is a task that will be accomplished, no matter how long it takes. We are determined in this regard. Already, thousands of persons have been rescued by troops from the terrorists. The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practises the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers.”
“We want to assure Nigerians, especially the residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria, not to panic as we have more than what it takes to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists group. We would like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism, as it was known, is gone for good. We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice,” Col. Usman said.
Boko Haram on Sunday released another video in which Shekau said
“The unbelievers of Nigeria I am going to be addressing you and Buhari and Idris Deby. The whole world should listen. I am alive. when my days are over you people will not see me again.“You should make all the preparations you want to make, you and your Ban kii Moon. I am trying to make the whole world to know that we are not gentle people or sociologists; it is because of God that we evade you when you throw out your bombs,” Shekau said as translated by The Nation. “ Do you think democracy is religion, you Hausa of Nigeria? If not for God where will we be? My brothers and sister, return to the Quran. You Buhari, go and beg people for money claiming you will collect the young girls back when it is all a lie,” he said.
He then added in English: “If you want your girls, bring back our brothers.”