Nigerian Army reacts to new Boko Haram video

Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has dismissed a new video released by Boko Haram as “mere terrorist propaganda”.

The video came Thursday, less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari announced the “final crushing” of Boko Haram.

Mr. Buhari said in a Christmas Eve statement that the takeover of Sambisa Forest by Nigerian troops marked the country’s triumph over Boko Haram.

The military has celebrated the victory in subsequent statements since then.

But the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, said the government “should not be telling lies to the people”.

“If you indeed crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in your bogus death?” he asked.

“We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree,” Mr. Shekau said in the 25-minute video seen by French newswire, AFP on Thursday.

The Army said while effort was on going to subject the video to “further forensic analysis”, its position remained that it “captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest”.

“We would like to reassure the public that this video is nothing but mere terrorists propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant,” the Army said in a statement Thursday.

“Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, more so as concerted effort in clearing the vestiges of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding is still ongoing.

“Our gallant troops deployed in various parts of the north east have continued to intensify search for all persons associated with Boko Haram terrorist group with a view to bring them to justice.”


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  • Son of Jihad

    Boko Haram sounds note of warning….

    “You should not be telling lies to the people. We are safe.
    We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies
    cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree, If you indeed
    crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in
    your bogus death? The war is not over. There is still more. Our aim is to
    establish an Islamic Caliphate and we have our own Caliphate, we are not part
    of Nigeria”.

    …………….Abubakar Shekahu

    [Leader, Boko Haram]

    (December 29th, 2016)

    • sab

      So Boko Haram also know that lies and propaganda abound in this our nation called Nigeria? shameful!

      • Dejandon

        Lies? Yet Sambisa has fallen, taken by our gallant soldiers. Shame on you and your likes who dance on the blood of the people defending our nation from craziness of some religious and misguided miscreants

        • wasiu

          But, can you too tell how many times this Shekau has being killed by Nigeria Army. there is honor in truthfulness.

          • Iskacountryman

            the shekau in the picture is a younger and new variant…

      • Iskacountryman

        they listen to bbc…

  • Omoba1

    Shekau may be in Lagos sending videos with hi-speed internet, because I can’t fathom how he disseminates his videos right from the bush

    • Emmanuel

      You are right omoba1. That guy is somewhere flexing.

      • Shehu Monguno

        The guy has been sending out videos from the bush for over 3 years

        • Iskacountryman

          bush telegraph…

    • Iskacountryman

      shekau owns and operates a suya stand at obalende…

  • Otile

    Imam Abu Shekau, Allah ya gafata mallam.
    Allah ya yi zamani.
    Insha Allah, Great Imam Abubakar Shekau will actualize a Godly Islamic Caliphate for his people.
    Death to government lairs
    Death to government propagandist
    Death to oppressors

    • Dejandon

      Propaganda? Yet Sambisa has fallen, taken by our gallant soldiers. Shame on you and your likes who dance on the blood of the people defending our nation from craziness of some religious and misguided miscreants

      • Otile

        What are talking about?
        Do you believe that Imam Buhari has defeated Boko Haram?
        Death to government propagandists.
        Death to government liars.

  • LionHeart

    It sounds like Boko Haram is fighting for their own republic. I am beginning to think that the case of the Nigerian army chasing Boko Haram is the more you look the less you see. Juju must be involved in this because it seems like they are invisible.

  • The King

    Abu Shekau may sent the video from Nigeria Military Barracks in Abuja, Nigeria Army said they arest him last week.
    If they truly have him in jail, where is he sending video from.
    Let the Army parade him publicly in front of TV for the world to see.

    • Babso

      The army only claimed to have arrested the leader of the splitter group who is the son of late Yusuf.

      • Iskacountryman

        they arrested the wind…

    • Iskacountryman

      that is a new shekau…he has to prove his mettle…

  • Iskacountryman

    your declaration of victory was also propaganda…the war is not over…everyone and their grandmother predicted that when boko haram holds territory, they would be flushed out….that has taken 3 years to happen…now the war has started…gird your loins…