Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Abubakar Shekau says "I am alive", in new video

LEADER of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, who was reported to have been killed by security forces reportedly made an appearance in a new video, yesterday, saying the military should bury itself in shame because he is alive.

Shekau also claimed responsibility for  September 17, 2013 attacks in Benisheik, BornoState, where about 160 people were either shot dead or slaughtered and hundreds of houses burnt.
In the video, Shekau was sitting in a jungle environment surrounded by dozens of lieutenants dressed in fatigues. He said Boko Haram was celebrating victories in Benisheik, where more than 143 civilians were killed, in Monguno and surrounding northern villages where more than a dozen civilians have been killed this month.
Last August 19, the Joint Task Force, JTF, spokesman in Borno State, Lt Col Sagir Musa, had issued a statement, saying, "Intelligence report available to the Joint Task Force,  JTF, Operation Restore Order revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted terrorist leader may have died. He died of gunshots wounds received in an encounter with the JTF in one of their camps in Sambisa Forest on June 30, 2013. Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide-a border community in Cameroon for treatment from which he never recovered."
But in the latest video, Shekau who appeared in military camouflage uniform, seated and surrounded by hooded insurgents said, "Here I am, alive, hale and hearty. Sagir Musa should bury himself in shame, President Jonathan (of Nigeria) should bury himself in shame, President Obama (of United States of America) should bury himself in shame, and President Francois Hollande (of France) should bury himself in shame, Queen Elizabeth (of England) should bury herself in shame.
"They said I am dead, but here I am. The world should know that I am alive and will only die at the appointed time. Everybody should be judged according to the dictates of his conscience. What I am doing is written in the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith and I will not stop.
I challenge all the clerics of the world to question my deeds. Those underrating my capacity should have a re-think. I will never allow democracy to thrive.
"The concept of Government of the people by the people for the people will never be possible and will never exist. Democracy shall be replaced only by the government of Allah, from Allah and for Allah," he said.He said the Nigerian military will never subdue his group.
"Nigerian soldiers are late. After killing many of them in Monguno and Benisheik, we have snatched their armoured carriers and Hilux van and then hoisted Islamic flags on them. We now move freely with them," he said.
Culled from Vanguard
by Jaypei

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