The Nigerian Army has reacted to a new threat by Boko Haram terror group to capture and kill President Muhammadu Buhari – describing the threat as empty, lacking in substance and a joke.
It would be recalled on Tuesday, a faction of the group loyal to Abubakar Shekau had released a video in which it threatened to capture and kill President Buhari.
This is even as the ferocious sect threatened to deal with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
In the video, 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.”
However, in a swift reaction, the Acting Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe 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, “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 Haram.
“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 ignore it.”