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.
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.