Boko Haram, in a new video, yesterday, said it was plotting to capture President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The latest threat came barely a month after the group said it would attack the President at Aso Villa. The footage narrated in Hausa, was reportedly recorded somewhere in Borno State where the sect has its base. The clip posted on YouTube, also showed suspected terrorists praying on what the narrator said was an Eid ground on Sallah day, Monday.
The group said, despite Federal Government’s claim of victory in the war against insurgency in the North-East, it remained a strong force.
The leader, Abubakar Shekau, did not appear in the video, but the narrator said his deputy, whose name was not mentioned, represented him at the gathering. The new video also came a few days after rumours on social media that the Federal Government had already commenced prisoner swap with the sect.
The rumours said Kabiru Sokoto, a leader of the sect, who was convicted for the Christmas Day bombing in 2013, had been released but turned out false as the prison authorities said the terrorist was still in prison.
The message read: “Our message to the infidels, who are fighting us, especially their leader, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is that he should know that we are still in this religion. And like they keep saying that they have defeated us, it is indeed not true, because we are in good health and succeeding in our cause. We are very strong and doing very well.
“Buhari is saying that he will finish us. Let him know that before he said so, other infidels said so before now and they couldn’t. So this infidel by the name Buhari saying that he will finish us, he should know that by the grace of Allah, he cannot finish us. Rather, he will die, he will die, he will die.
“Our leader, who is leading us on this, Imam Jamatu ahlus Sunnah lidda awat (Shekau), may Allah continue to protect him for us. By the will of Allah, under the leadership of our leader (Shekau), we will capture Buhari with our hands. My last message is to you Buratai (Tukur, Nigeria’s Army Chief), Kukasheka (Sani, spokesperson of Nigerian Army) and the rest of the infidels.
“Under the leadership of our leader, Shekau, we will step further henceforth and will destroy what we never destroyed before. We are ready and even stronger now. We will go to where we never were before now and destroy what we never destroyed before now. You infidels, you are finished now. You all want to live and enjoy life; but this time around, we are well prepared to die. (Chants of “Allah Akbar”).
“No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no Surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God! We shall cut off your heads with our swords and guns Allah is going to help us. And you shall see how he is going to do that soon.’’