Leader of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau, on Wednesday released a video in which he claimed responsibility for the killing of popular Zaria-based cleric, Sheikh Auwal Albani.
“We killed Albani of Zaria. We killed Albani of Zaria. Shekau killed Albani of Zaria”, the Boko Haram leader said in the 28-minute long video clip.
Shekau also vowed that his fighters would soon blow off oil installations in the Niger Delta.
In the video, Shekau is seen dressed in military fatigue and wearing a turban.
The location appears to be a bush dotted with scanty vegetation, and he climbs an armoured tank and thereafter alights again while dozens of his men stand by and keep firing gunshots from rifles mounted on Hilux trucks.
“My brothers…you should hold on to your weapons and continue fighting. Let them understand that our work is not confined to Yobe, Borno and Adamawa”, he said.
“Make them understand that we are not restricted by emergency rule. They should understand that we are under the shield of Allah. This is the beginning, yes, this is the beginning. By Allah, we will kill whoever practices democracy.”
“This is the beginning. Yes, this is the beginning.
“And you the infidels of Rivers state, Niger (Delta), the town of Jonathan, Shekau is talking to you (sounds of gunshots). Shekau is talking to you, that small boy that has become the nightmare of infidels is talking to you.
“Oh you the leader of the Niger Delta, you will soon see your refinery destroyed. You will in the incoming days see your refinery you are boasting about bombed. Our refinery is Allah.
“Niger-Delta you are in trouble. Jonathan you are in trouble…” and went on to name certain Northern politicians, traditional rulers, Islamic clerics, who he said his men would target as well as some world leaders.
“The reason why I will kill you is you are infidels, you follow democracy…Whoever follows democracy is an infidel. This is Shekau; this is why I’m in enmity with you.
“Buhari is an infidel, Babangida is an infidel, Atiku is an infidel, late Yar’adua was an infidel, Shehu of Borno is an infidel. You are all infidels. What makes you infidels is Democracy and constitution and western education…I therefore call on brethren in Kano to rise up and replicate the Baga attack.
“All these infidels we are the ones killing them. We enjoy shedding their blood. The Koran must be supreme, we must establish Islam in this country. Not only in Borno, we will henceforth destroy any schools wherever we see them”.
Shekau also spoke strictly in Arabic in another clip but the message was no different from the one he delivered in Hausa.
In 2013, the Nigerian military authorities claimed that Shekau might have died of gunshot wounds but he has since gone on to release at least four videos since then.
There was no immediate reaction from military authorities on the latest video.