Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin
John Alechenu and Fidelis Soriwei
A faction of Boko Haram loyal to Abubakar Shekau
has released a new video in which it threatened to
capture or kill President Muhammadu Buhari.
The sect also threatened to deal with the Chief of
Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The video was viewed by one of our
correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.
It showed a large number of members of the
terrorist group observing what they claimed was
their Eid-el-Kabir prayer at an undisclosed
The unnamed leader of the group who led the
prayers was dressed in a white-flowing gown and
black turban. He held an AK 47 rifle.
He addressed the crowd in the Arabic and Hausa
The speaker declared the sect’s continued
allegiance to Shekau after which he vowed on
behalf of other members to continue to unleash
terror on Nigerians.
In a direct message to President Buhari, the sect’s
leader who did not give his name said, “This is a
message to the leader of the infidels (President
Muhammadu) Buhari, who says he will crush us.
Infidels before him made similar threats, Buhari
who says he will crush us; in sha Allah (by the
grace of Allah) he will only die.
“By the grace of Allah, under the leadership of the
leader of this movement our Imam (Shekau), we
will capture Buhari hand to hand.
“This message we are sending out today is not an
old one. We prepared it today, Monday, 12
September, 2016 in the calendar of infidels. (Lt.
Gen. Tukur) Buratai, we will deal with all our
enemies, we are prepared at all times. Just as you
all love life, so do we love death.
“This time around, no retreat, no surrender, in sha
Allah. We shall be granted victory over you all.”
Reacting to the new threat against the President
and the Army Chief, the Defence Headquarters
urged Nigerians to ignore the sect.
The Acting Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen.
Rabe Abubakar, described the threat as empty,
lacking in substance and a joke.
Abubakar said the military had dealt with the
insurgents in such a way that they had migrated to
the cyberspace to make empty threats.
He said the latest video by the insurgents was an
attempt to remind Nigerians that they once
He stressed that the military was aware of what it
had done and was still planning to do to the
Abubakar, who described the video as a sign of
weakness, said the threat posed by the group was
almost being brought to an end.
He said, “We don’t have any comment. We know
what we have done, and what we are planning to
do. The only place they have agenda for now is
the social media.
“The only ground the Boko Haram can go to hide
and pretend to be alive is the social media
because it is everybody’s home.
“The so-called video is an attempt by the
remnants to remind us that there were once some
Boko Haram elements.
“The issue of the threat to capture PMB is a
complete joke and a dream of the century.
Therefore, the entire clip should be ignored as
everybody is appreciative of our feat against Boko
“It is not just an empty threat; it is a threat that
has no substance at all. It is a senseless threat
from their imagination. Nigeria should simply