Boko Haram declares war on Emirs, Governors, others

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The group admitted that many of its members had been killed by security forces.

The Islamic insurgent group, Jama’atu ahlis sunnah lil daawati wal jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, has declared a full scale war on Northern leaders, governors, and officials in authority.

In an Hausa language video by its leader, Abubakar Shekau, posted on YouTube, the group said it would begin to target the leaders.

“This message is for those in authority (Emirs, Governors, and people in authority). Wallahi you have no resting place again and no resting time again, either we are here or we are not,” the group said.

Mr. Shekau did not elaborate on the group’s reason for deciding to target Northern leaders, but said “you (the Northern leaders) have messed up yourselves and you have messed up your own situation.”

No negotiation with government

The insurgents also condemned what they described as the lies of negotiations with government officials. Mr. Shekau said his group was not negotiating and had no plans to negotiate with the government.

“The claim that we are negotiating with the state is untrue, that is the figment of their imagination.” He said. “We are not in dialogue with anyone, but this seems to feed their taste or their appetite for disinformation.”

While denying peace negotiation, the Boko Haram leader admitted that some of their members had been killed by security operatives.

“All I can confirm is that they are killing us rather than dialoguing with us,” he said.

Attack on Women

Mr. Shekau also accused the security operatives of targeting female members of the sect. He alleged that the women are tortured after incarceration by security agencies.

“As at Saturday when I made this video, between 7 and 10 of them (women) have been incarcerated,” Mr. Shekau said. “We don’t know where they are kept or what they are doing to them.”

“But as Muslims, we know what unbelievers do to women …Now, married women are victims of State terror,” he added.

The Boko Haram leader said his group would retaliate by focusing its attack on women related to security and state officials.

Condemns “anti- Islam” video

Mr. Shekau also condemned the video, made by an Israeli –American, which ‘dishonours’ Prophet Muhammed.

“I have words for you (the makers of the video). All these have no impact on the prophet you know, however you wait and see what the consequences will be for you,” he said.

We are still strong

The Boko Haram leader also claimed that the alleged arrest or killing of the group’s spokesman, Abu Qaqa, and other leaders, was not true. Even though he admitted to the killing of many of its members, Mr. Shekau claimed the group’s leadership is still intact.

“The most bogus of these claims is that the leadership of our group has been decimated or arrested,” Mr. Shekau states while laughing. “It is probably the leadership of the rogue group that they killed which they created in the first place.”

He said Abu Qaqa, the group’s spokesman is alive and that any information to the contrary was false.

“You can go ahead and even declare that this broadcast is fiction,” he said.


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  • NAGODI

    THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO FIGHT A SUICIDAL TERRORIST GROUP, THE USE OF FORCE OR DIALOGUE. SUCESS IN THE LATTER, ARAB-ISRAELI NEGOTIATIONS, BRITISH-AFGHAN SETTLEMENT, SOVIET-MUJAHEEDEEN SETTLEMENT OF 1989 IN AFGHANISTAN, BRITISH-IRA GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT, SPANISH-ETA NEGOTIATIONS, THE SANDINISTA SETTLEMENT, FARC-COLOMBIA ON GOING NEGOTIATIONS, ETC… THERE IS ONLY ONE SUCCESS RECORDED IN MODERN TIMES FOR THE USE OF FORCE, ITS THAT OF TAMIL TIGER REBELS OF SRI-LANKA. I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE THAT NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM WILL BE THE SECOND SUCCESS FOR THE USE OF FORCE.

  • Rikiya

    They should go ahead and kill the Emirs, then dem go know say water don pass tuwo.

  • PT, I watched the video, you need to do a better job with your translation. I don’t want to believe that you purposely mistranslated some of his utterances but likely the job was done by somebody who is not an expert in Hausa Language. I will give you one example but a CAVEAT first, I am not a spokesman for BH, nor am I in support of any act of terrorism, but I try to uphold the truth even from my ‘enemy’. Where you wrote above “….his group would retaliate by focusing its attack on women related to security and state officials”. He didn’t said that in the video, rather he said totally the opposite that although the Security Operations are going after their women they would not do the same but the Sharia would pass judgement on their (Security’s and state official’s) women; or something close to this.

    • NAGODI

      YOU ARE RIGHT. THEY USE PEOPLE WHO DONT UNDERSTAND THE HAUSA LANGUAGE TO TRANSLATE. SHEIKH SHEKAU HIMSELF DOES NOT USE THE HAUSA LANGUAGE PROPERLY, BEING KANURI. IT TAKES SOMEONE REALLY GROUNDED IN THE HAUSA LANGUAGE WITH A KEEN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW OTHER TRIBES USE THE LANGUAGE TO TRANSLATE PROPERLY. MOST OF THE HEADLINES I SAW BEAR NO RELATIONS TO WHAT HE ACTUALLY SAID ON THE TAPE.FOR EXAMPLE HE WAS AMBIGIOUS WHEN REFERRING TO ABU QAQA. WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS EITHER ABU QAQA IS IN THE HANDS OF THE SECURITY FORCES ALIVE OR HE IS WITH BOKO HARAM INJURED. HE SAID TO THE EFFECT THAT THEY ARE AWARE ABU QAQA IS ALIVE BUT FOR PROPAGANDA PURPOSES THE GOVT IS SAYING HE IS DEAD, AND THAT B/H KNOWS THAT THE GOVT CAN GO AHEAD AND KILL HIM.

  • Bill Hansen

    The maker of the video that insults the Prophet is NOT an “Iraeli-American”. In fact, he’s an Egyptian-born American Christian. Nakoula Basely Nakoula is now under arrest for a probation violation having to do with a previouls conviction for bank fraud. Does Premium Times ever check its sources? Does anyone at your publication ever do copy editing? Does anyone even read the copy before it published?

  • Ahmad

    May Allah continue to dislodge the BH infidels. They are the greatest enemies of Islam.