There is a power struggle brewing within the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and it is playing out in public. The group which is now affiliated with the Global terror group, IS have been dislodged from most of the territory they held in Northern Nigeria by the Nigerian Army.
IS announced a new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, as the new governor of its West Africa Province. Al-Barnawi immediately accused the longtime leader, Abubakar Shekau of killing his own people and living in luxury while fighters starved.
According to the new leader, Abubakar Shekau has killed fellow Muslims including his own fighters, neglected hungry women and children and failed to provide food and weapons to fighters.
Shekau has rejected Al-Barnawi’s appointment, insisting he remains in charge of Boko Haram. Shekau spoke in a video posted on YouTube on Thursday night, labeling al-Barnawi ‘unqualified’ to lead the group and insisting that “we have not reneged on our loyalty to the leadership of (Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi,” the Islamic State leader.
The video, which was removed by YouTube for violating its standards, starts with an unidentified masked man in front of a large group of armed fighters announcing their refusal to follow al-Barnawi and calling Shekau “our leader” and ends with Shekau firing repeatedly in the air. He is flanked by two fighters hefting rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Shekau ended by threatening to carry out more attacks saying “President (Muhammadu) Buhari, very soon you will see us inside your home, the presidential palace.”
Boko Haram was originally a Nigerian-based terror group but soon spread its tentacles to much of Western region, unleashing an unforgettable reign of terror in North Eastern Nigeria since 2012.