Just as the Nigerian Military authorities are dismissing the latest videos of an impostor claiming to be Imam Abubakar Shekau, the dreaded leader of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lid-da’awati Wal Jihad otherwise known as Boko Haram, another clip surfaced yesterday purportedly showing the sect leader brandishing assorted weapons which he claimed his fighters seized from Nigerian troops during their encounters.
“The weapons are here for anyone doubting our capacity to see. We have snatched armoured tanks, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Hilux 4 wheel trucks and assorted ammunitions, all from the Nigerian security forces who are claiming that that they have decimated us,” Shekau claimed.
The purported leader did not give details on the number of weapons allegedly seized by his foot soldiers, even as he boasted in the video again that he is alive and commandeering the activities of his group, which he said is fighting for the establishment of Sharia legal system in Nigeria.
Unlike the previous video footage seen where he was surrounded by fighters brandishing AK-47s and decked in military fatigue with masks covering their faces, Shekau was shown sitting alone in military fatigue, talking while the seized weapons are shown intermittently.
While justifying the sect’s activities, Shekau quoted verses from the Holy Quran and the Hadith of the prophet saying, “All gratitude goes to Almighty Allah, who accorded me the opportunity to extend this message to all the people in the world and specifically to those who call themselves Nigerians.
“We have waged war against the unbelievers and emerged victorious. We have seized their weapons, so many of them. We would keep on fighting, no going back, no retreat and no surrender,” he said.