Boko Haram claims victory over Nigerian Army in new video

Abubakar Shekau

The Boko Haram gave its first reaction to the emergency rule declaration.

Despite the declaration of a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States, the insurgent Boko Haram claim they are winning the war against government forces.

This was stated by Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader in a video which is the group’s first since the emergency declaration.

President Goodluck Jonathan made the emergency declaration about a fortnight ago which has led to increased troops presence in the three states in order to dislodge the insurgents and ensure peace in the area.

The Nigerian military has said several times that it is achieving success against the insurgents and has killed some, arrested scores of insurgents, dislodged several of their camps, and freed kidnapped victims.

However, in the video made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, said the group is actually winning the war against the soldiers.

Mr. Shekau displayed identity cards of soldiers he claimed his group had killed in their operations. He also displayed a destroyed armoured tank he claimed his men bombed.

The Boko Haram leader said that this battle is not just against whom his group is battling in the bushes, but against all government officials. He said that any public servant, from a primary school teacher to the highest public servant, police officer, soldier, irrespective of religion is their enemy.

None of the claims of the insurgents, or indeed the army, can be independently verified as the battle by the Nigerian military against the insurgents intensifies.

Seeks support

The group in a rare solidarity cry also sought help from foreign Islamic militants.

Mr. Shekau sought help from militants “who are fighting for Islam in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and those we can’t mention.”

“We are here fighting those who believe in the constitution and western education. You should all know that we are all in good health,” he said.


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  • Nemlong_Manchok

    If Shekau is winning why is he crying out for help??????

  • leye

    shekau your days are numbered!!!

  • disqus_5g5M3XTIlv

    Shikau ur not fighting for Allah nether your just a criminal killing men and women ur to b prosecuted for war crime GOD will not for give you people 4 killing Innocent men, women,pregnant women and innocent children

  • disqus_5g5M3XTIlv

    shikau and dose who are supporting evil in Nigeria for peace not to rain for there evil a gender hiding under the unbreller of religion the will not see peace for the rest of there life,either from the Army,police, politicians does who are supporting terrorist will soon be expost by God the wiil soon meet there doom.A.Turaki

  • joex

    The guy is bloodthirsty that’s all. With his misguided sense of the true value of islam. I wonder how people read the same texts in the holy book and misinterpret it to their own selfish whimps. There are many ways to fight the government and win not this old barbaric means of senseless killings. He is an outcast and one who is bound to enter the black books of history. He cannot be a martyr.

  • civilian jtf

    Animal…all boko haram will die in our hands. If Shekau dares the pple of Maiduguri let him say his whereabouts n see how we troop in to fish him out. If truly he is a fearless fighter let him come to Maiduguri n see wat will happen to him n his men. Animalistic infidel. By civilian jtf