The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman says the latest video by terror group Boko Haram has confirmed its earlier suspicion that the purported factional sect leader of the group is mentally ill and unstable.
This is following the release of a video purportedly by by the factional leader of insurgent group, Boko Haram, debunking earlier claims by the military that Shekau was killed or badly wounded in an air strike in September.
“In it, the purported leader of the group in his usual insane manner made all sorts of assertions to the point of threatening various towns, groups and individuals.
“He also tried albeit failingly to deny the air raid by the Nigerian Air Force in which he was wounded.
“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable.
“The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him, which is part of the signs of all wicked people,” Colonel Usman said in a statement on Sunday.
The Army also urged the public that they should not be bothered by the content of the video clip as the military remained determined to clear out the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage especially the abducted Chibok school girls.
He said, “The facts on the ground speak for themselves. It is public knowledge that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls.
“This is a task that will be accomplished, no matter how long it takes. We are determined in this regards. Already thousands of persons have been rescued by troops from the terrorists.
“The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practices the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers.
“The public should not be fooled by this individual.
President Muhammadu Buhari had told the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York that Nigeria would welcome intermediaries from the United Nations as a show of commitment, to swapping the abducted Chibok girls with Boko Haram fighters in custody.
But Colonel Usman said: “No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on antecedent and as he has shown over times to be irrational and therefore unreliable especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally.”
“Gone For Good”
He therefore called on the residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria not to panic as the military has “more than what it takes” to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists group.
He added that “Boko Haram terrorism as it was known, is gone for good”.
“We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice.”
Colonel Usman, however, notes that a window still exists for the repentant militants who are willing to lay down their arms and adhere to the rule of law.