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Boko Haram Dares Government: No Negotiation, No Surrender by nairaway(m) : 11:43 am On Apr 02, 2016
This is coming just a week after its leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in an online video that his time might be coming to an end.
The previous video showed Shekau, who appeared thin and spiritless, delivering his message without his usual fiery manner of causing and insulting those in power.
This had prompted confidence from the Army that the Islamist group was on the verge of collapse in the face of a sustained military counter-insurgency.
However, in the new video on Friday posted on YouTube, which showed men holding AK-47s and posing in front of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks and a lorry mounted with a military cannon, some members of Boko Haram maintained that it was still a potent fighting force and would not surrender.
According to an AFP report, a masked man in camouflage said in a prepared script in Hausa that, “You should know that there is no truce, there are no negotiations, there is no surrender. This war between us will not stop.”
The video which is markedly of better quality than Shekau’s and including Arabic subtitles, featured nine masked Boko Haram fighters standing on sandy ground in an undisclosed desert location.
It is, however, unclear whether Shekau was among the masked people in the video.
“Shekau is still the head of the ‘West African wing’,” claimed the masked man, who likened the sect to the Islamist insurgents in Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has won back a number of territories from the militants, rescuing thousands of people who had been living under the sect’s control.
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