Ferocious Islamic insurgent group Boko Harm has on Tuesday released a video online debunking claim by the Nigerian Army that it had crushed its four-nation offensive.
The sect leader, Abubakar Shekau wasn’t seen in the 10-minute message which was posted on the video-sharing site YouTube, as the speaker said “Most of our territory is still under our control”. He called Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, who have been battling the Islamists, “the lying coalition partners”.
The speaker, who delivered his message fluently in Hausa language appeared in front of two pick-up trucks, with four other gunmen visible in the background.
An AK-47 rifle rests on his chest as he seeks to rebuke the claims of successes made in recent weeks by the military.
He said “The armies claim through the media that they captured our towns and that they assaulted Sambisa (forest) and defeated us.”
“I swear by Allah that I am talking right now from Sambisa… Here in Sambisa you can travel more than four to five hours under the black flag of Islam by car or by motorbike.”
The film which carries the new logo “Islamic State in West Africa,” follows the Nigerian militants’ pledge of allegiance in an audio message in March to the IS group, that has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq.