Abubakar Shekau, the depraved leader of notorious terror group Boko Haram has reacted to the emergence of Donald Trump as the President of the United States with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West.
According to AFP, in an audio message posted on YouTube on Sunday evening, Shekau said:
“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere.”
“We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message. “To us, the war has just begun.”
The ferocious Islamic death cult, which is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state, seeks to establish a hard-line caliphate.
Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year.
The IS high command said in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.
Shekau claims he is still in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.