The Nigerian Army, has urged Nigerians, especially residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria, not to panic over a video purportedly posted by a factional leader of the Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
The army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, while reacting to the video in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the army had more than what “it takes to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists”.
Usman recalled that Shekau, “in his usual act of boasting, made all sorts of claims to the point of threatening various towns, groups and individuals.”
In the video, Shekau had denied that he was killed or badly wounded, as claimed by the army in August.
The army spokesman said:
We would like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism as it was known, is gone for good.
We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice.
However, a window still exists for the repentant ones among them to lay down their arms and surrender to justice.
The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable.
The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.
The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that nobody should be bothered with the contents of the video clip.
This is because the available fact on the development speaks for itself.
The military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them, especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls,” Usman said.
He vowed that the task would be accomplished, no matter how long it would take, adding that the military was determined in that regard.
“Already, thousands of people have been rescued by our troops from the den of the terrorists. He has derailed and no longer believes and practises the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video.
It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers. The public should not be fooled by this individual.
No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist, based on his antecedents, having shown to be unreliable, especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls.
Therefore, he must release them unconditionally,” the army spokesman said.
Shekau spoke in Arabic and Hausa in the 40-minute long video. Here’s part of what he said in Arabic, as transcribed by PREMIUM TIMES:
You teach your children the National Anthem in schools morning and evening which is a way of making them unbelievers from school,” he said in Arabic, after which he recited the National Anthem in English. “So also the National Pledge, that also is done morning and evening. They are made to pledge to something other than Allah. And that is not Islam,” he added in Arabic after which he recited the National pledge in English.
The non-Believers studied the Quran and realized that if the Muslims of the world recite and understand the Quran they will be united. So they introduce some programmes so that they will not have time for the Quran. The programmes include secular education, sports and music. And as a result of that today, many Muslims lost their Islam while others who claim to be Muslims have lost traces of Islam in the name of being educated.
PREMIUM TIMES also transcribed what the terrorist leader said in Hausa:
My brothers in Islam, what I want to tell you in Hausa is, all of you unbelievers in Nigeria, Buhari and your likes and Idris Deby ( the President of Chad) with his goat-like eyes and the people of Niger, Africa, and the entire world, listen to me now. I am alive and healthy. But you should know that were my days of living over, you wouldn’t have seen me here.
So many people live even when they are wanted dead, and so also people die when they should have lived.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) have been tested with similar hatred because of the religion of Allah.
Keep doing all your evil planning with Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister), keep doing all your evil planning with John Kerry (U.S. Secretary of State), keep doing all your evil planning with Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General), keep doing all your evil planning with the people of Geneva. Anything you are planning is not up to one house of a spider. And that is what I believe and stand for and what I intend to tell the world.
We are not sociologist, we are Quranists, and we follow the Hadith and those who came before us.
We are fools as people but the Quran is what is guiding us and that is why you couldn’t defeat us and we are sure of that.
Don’t think you can oppress us with your fighter jets. The Allah we worship lives above your jets and you think you can defeat us knowing fully that it that Allah we worship.
So you think democracy is a religion. All of you the Hausa people in Nigeria, The Kanuri People in Nigeria and Miyetti Allah (A Fulani association of cattle rearers).
Buhari you are worshiping cows, you better worship Allah. You think you are a general in the Army but you should know that Allah have said that you are not up the house of a spider in his eyes. What we believe in is the Quran and we do not know 2anything apart from that. Anytime we say Allah all of you will not live in peace.
It is Allah that we believe and trust that makes us live till this day and doing very well in our quest.
Oh my brother, anywhere you are you should turn to the Quran, turn to the Hadith of the prophet, anywhere you are turn to Allah.
Prophet Muhammad forbade us from using any plate used by a Jew without washing it first. He also forbade you from wearing the dress of the Jews.
Buhari, all your actions are fake. You are lying to the people, collecting their money and saying you will free their children and you know you are lying.
Buhari, Buhari, your people will soon betray you for all this lies.
I am talking to you Buhari, sit back and think carefully. It is not this small Shekau that is disturbing you. No. It is Allah that is doing everything for us, continue and see.
You deceived the people and you think you are doing the right thing.
Continue and see, one day you will not even be able to go to the toilet and stool. But if you repent, then you are a brother. Repent and follow the Quran.
Buhari let me advise you now, fear Allah.
People of Chibok, let me tell you today, you still have to prepare for a longer Bring Back Our girls campaign.
If you want your girls, bring back our brothers.
(Bragging) This is the same Shekau and I am good and healthy.
The people of Kano you are in trouble. The Sokoto people have betrayed Usman Danfodio and they must repent.
People of Kaduna and El-Zakzaky (detained Shiite leader in Nigeria), you should repent. And all of you, the followers of Tijjaniya (a sect in Islam), you should repent.