Boko Haram’s elusive leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video on Thursday to dispute a claim that the jihadist group had been routed from its Sambisa Forest stronghold.
“We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree,” Shekau said in the 25-minute video, flanked by masked armed fighters.
“You should not be telling lies to the people,” he said, referring to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who said on Christmas Eve that the extremist group had been defeated and driven from the forest, its last known bastion.
“If you indeed crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in your bogus death?” he asked.
It was not immediately clear where the new video was shot, but Shekau, who spoke in both Hausa and Arabic, said it was filmed on Christmas Day.
Shekau last appeared in a video in September where he disputed a claim by the Nigerian military that he had been wounded in battle. He vowed to continue fighting on until an Islamic state was imposed in northern Nigeria.
“The war is not over yet. There is still more,” he said, vowing no “respite” for Nigerians. He urged followers around the world to “fight and kill infidels.”
“Our aim is to establish an Islamic Caliphate and we have our own Caliphate, we are not part of Nigeria.”
Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle. 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.
– ‘Largest crisis in Africa’ –
The fresh video came after Buhari announced that a months-long military campaign in the 1,300 square-kilometre (500 square-mile) forest in northeastern Borno state had led to the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest”.
The government in Abuja and the military have frequently claimed victories against the jihadists but access to the epicentre of the conflict is strictly controlled, making independent verification virtually impossible.
Attacks have meanwhile continued, casting doubt over claims that Boko Haram has been defeated, despite undoubted progress in pushing back the group.
Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the insurgency spilling over the West African nation’s borders into neighbouring states.
The insurgency has left around 2.6 million people homeless, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis, with the United Nations warning the affected region faces the “largest crisis in Africa”. The UN estimates that 14 million people will need external help next year because of the violence, particularly in Borno State, the jihadist heartland.
Dan uwarshi qarya yakeyi campaign after election kenan angama dashi
Hahahahaha super storry
We living among wacky
No wahala Shekau pikin wey say em mama no go sleep himself no dey take eye see sleep. Na blood dey run thru ur vein also, so carry Go
Hahahahahaha shame to u buhari
For gaining the war against insurgency? Said Buhari. Nigerians thank God for bringing Buhari to rescue our battered economy. Long live king Buhari.
Shame to your father
Your father can not say so?
Enemy of peace and progress shame on you and your selfishness
You are useless Biafra man idiot of u for insulting your leader
Shame to buhari
usless Nnamdi Kanu, u wil die in bondage
Buhari is a killer and a murderer,terrorist , the zoo called Nigeria have expired and biafra must come and all the Enemies of biafra must hang there selfs
let d animal call shekau com out
Every beginning has an end
Just dey laugh. What’s special about this boko of thing. They created it to fight Jonathan so they should deal with it. Is not our business
You are still leaving in the past. BH had been before gej. Is that why $2.1 b arms deal was used to finance pdp-gej election? Anti Buhari is Anti progress and anti change! Said Buhari.
Don’t forget Jonathan said Boko haram in his cabinet, late Security adviser to Jonathan said Boko haram is PDP and PDP is Boko haram what u don’t know say it
That is their problem they should solve it. Ending b’ haram is not an achievement to ordinary Nigeria’s.
But if your not stupid and illiterate boko haram was there before Jonathan became president, is because he is weak like woman that is the reason he fail to defeat them.and never in the history of this great nation a man with the women liver will lead this country again ever
Who and who created it.Shld d name Jonathan be mentioned anywhere ?pls keep ur fantasy to urself and get ur self rest.If they use it to fight Jonathan why is not operating in bayelsa and other places grw up and stp bn biase.
@ Ali you are a foolish man. The monster your people created is not any body’s business. You people are inconveniencing us. Wasting our revenue on fighting b’haram.
Y ar u people talking like children e no reach 2 fight is just a post
Itiveh Ogochukwu which one is ur own sef, Mr hypocrite! And to u Ali, u call a set of people illiterate yet ur grammatical construction is laughable. Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!
Jonathan is a good leader, Buhari he is the one that destroy Jonathan regime
Ali kai baka da hankali, kayi tinani da kyau, buhari mugun Mutum ne, inbaka sani ba kaci baka sani ba
Young moola Ai kaine bakin mugun mutu wanda babu komai cikin zuciyarsa sai bakar gaba da hassada tattareda kai
We all knew that Biafra sune babbakun Azzalumai kuma sune BOKO haram by Allah willing BOKO haram and Biafra they will become history insha Allahu
Sermbo Amma kai ba Dan Nigeria bani ko
Can a suppose DEAD person still be TREATING like this? they left SUBSTANCE, pursuing ORDINARY SHADOWS, PMB is rejoicing for only his common FLAG & QUR’AN, who is to BELIEVES now, Burutai or Shekau?
You believe shadow. Buhari believes realities. Is that why you supported the killings of BH? Appreciate efforts of the military and APC – Buhari led government.
Bastard….come out and put up a combat if ur alive
Keep on saying its the product of the north, the reality is that gej supported it and the pdpigs are corvering their faces in shame, in no small time nigerians will know the brains behind it, shekau you have no hiding place time will catch up with you as it did the youth you put their lives in jeopardy. Sai BABA
Stop deceivin urself. Hw many tyms burutai hv told nigerians dt army has killed shekau. Ds govt lies wit ease
Boko haram is d product of d south with Igbos as its members in Anambra. I hope u are happy now @ Husseini.
Hahaha dis northern guys. Are funny.
Lack of understanding is disturping some of us’can u image is what there tell buhari that he would say to us’is not going out with them ok!
Buhari started it and now he can’t stop them…
A dog can bite its owner when very hungry and angry you know? And in this case, Bubu is d owner of d dog.
Hussain Rossy…can u swear with ur holy…QURAN…that Jonathan…is d one responsible???….thats one funny thing about…some of u northerners…when ur brain washed..its hard to get out of ur..systems…when they were bombing only d churches…ur type was happy….now it has grown…to hunt d north…ur here blaming n ranting….guy…dig deep to know d truth….search ur self..as well…cos hate runs in u…
Who’s fooling who?
Very useless of so called book haram leader
If na ur baba & na ur mama born you , show ur face. BASTAD
True, Lying is the first most important Project of APC. It is when Shekau is captured and KILLED that Boko Haram is crushed.
We know you people are not happy with the crushing of Bokohara by PMB. GEJ wasted tax payers money for 6 years withou success. PMB came just within 19 months he crushed them, indtead of you to term with the reality you are busy creating false information about the sect. We know you are not HAPPPY, but go and die, he did what your incompetent ex president could not do in good 6 years . SHAME ON YOu ENEMIES Of progress. If they are not crush as your wish by God grace they willnrelocate to your areas since you dont want them crush.
Musa, you’re Jealous! You’ve sent your fulani herdsmen to our states to kill our people and we didnt pay back that is why you’re Rejoicing. Do this again and we’ll pay you 7times.
Are igbo part of Fulani Hedsmen? Recently an igbo man was caught fighting along fulani hedsman in southetn Kaduna, what can you say about this? Is this part of you plan B to ditrupt the peace of Northern Nigeria as you did with Bokoharam , when so many igbos were involved?
Igbos are SANE PEOPLE, they’re not Stupid to go tie Bombs to die because of Imaginary 7 Virgin Girls with Blue Eyes. Or, their women to die because of Imaginary houses.
Meanwhile sambisa forest fell
Let him appear in Sambisa forest nd talk, if he thinks he is powerful.
This is a robot nt a human being, let him appear in sambisa forest nd talk to Nigerians nd we will believe him.
Come out and say d truth naa!
shege karyakka shikkau karshenkayazo makiyin allah
Biafrans will not kill person with laugh,first you said you don’t believe there is anything like boko haram all this is political propaganda.now your posting rubbish telling Nigeria shekau has not be defeated I never see hopeless and illiterate set of individuals like this biafra organization .if you want test the straight of our soldiers behave like boko haram and see whether our army are telling lies or truth .bravo our gallant soldiers we are proud of you .shekau why hiding if your that strong come out and show to your brothers biafra that our army are telling lies by by been brave and face them,anyone can hide and make video but what we want is for you to show yourself and make such claims.
shekau, shekau shekau, d truth is dat buhari is d founder of gbokoharam, & he is their leader.
Yes but ur father is co founder
ur mother is their secetary.
Ur grand mama b dyr M D
And all your family are boko haram supporters
yes nd ur father and mother are bokoharam members
Simon mind wat u say pls
Simon no worry urslf, soon we ll give u guys ur own con3 so dat u ll leave us alone n get 2 knw de important of de north n dia luvely poeple, bcos we r ol legetimade children of our true parent nt children frm a baby factory like u n if u c shekau tell him dat he is nt man enough bcos he who fight n runs away live 2 fight anoda day, shegu yan iska kawai Allah ya dabai muku albarka yayan banza kawai wawaye tsinan nu.
I nvr see unreasonable human bean like northerners, very stupid people. To fight and run is ain’t fearness is a strategy or war…
then what u people waiting to give us our own country as u said
People get time…this is a real drama…stp telln people lies sound like an empty threats frm d pit of wailers.Any animal can say anything and claim its frm boko haram.No more bombing of churches and mosques like when Jonathan was feeding them wd milk . open a new page jare.
Ur jst lookn fr who wil like ur comment: grow up guy
Lwkmd … Serious grow up
Since u want boko haram to cobtinue as u jubilate over fake news. let them visit you at ur various homes.wish u well…whatever u wish for wil visit.
I like this comment,there is nothing but true in your comment brother true is bitter
Uwadiegwu,don’t you know that some ppl stil de lek their mama breast?i beg leave them.
Very true, no more bombing of churches and mosques but now it is killing of Christians in northern states by herdsmen. Bro it is simply the samething. It is just like changing the name of NEPA took PHCN.. Same problem even more disaster
no mor book haram again in Nigeria pricedent buhari have finish with them
Kina mafarki ne, wlhi suna nan
If Book Haram leader Shekau is still alive,he should come out rather all this,may his generations perish in Jesus name.
You are lie sheku
He who know yusuf will belive his post
Lies my foot, u don’t know road to abuja ne? Come down to villa if u knw dat is ur mother dat u nw so dat u shd tel buhari urself idiot y are u hiding nonsense man
Na wa o!
Politics…some politicians are jealous already…
Local achievement, with all the billions GEJ left for him, looter.
Why didn’t he slug it out with the army?. He for no run! Murderer!
buhari is already pass
Until I see d corpse of shekau
Engr Simon Peters,your parents have been sacked from Sambisa forest that is why you are frustrated
U self na wa ooooo
Sanusi Abdul…get ur spellings correct…ok…which school…u go sef???
Come out ! Come out !! Come out !!! Come out !!!! From the place you are hiding and face the government . In dai ka san kai yaro ne wanda iyayen sa suka haifa to ka fito sarari ka fuskan ci gwaunati ido da ido . In dai kai ba dan shegiya da shege bane .
Ba a san na miji da boyewa ba .
Buhari maybe lying to the ppl, yes! But idiot shekau u the most ungodly creator if I have ever idiot, come out and fight, anuofia.
How sure are you the innocent are not arrested in the place of BH. whence all the poeple they claimed have been captured are resurfacing?.God help nigeria with all this high level of playing game with the life and blood of the helpless citizens.
Fake leader shekura
Thank god we are fools any more,general buhari is the key leader of bokoharam, we notice everything… Every day you people jeep own telling us that shekau is dead but why is he stil realize new videos
Be very careful with the manner you talk,the militant are killing people in the south and destroying the government properties are they sponsored by Goodluck Jonathan?Becareful if not you will live to regret your life.Buhari is trying to fixed thing right and you are insulting him.Even if he is wrong you do not have the right to condem him rather you have to pray for him that is what the bible tought us ok
Hope you are aware about what happen in zaria inside kaduna almost a year know… Over one thousands souls have been slain just in a three days operation by Nigeria soldiers, tell me are they not human bean
Yes I know but remember a child who says his mother will not sleep him too will not sleep and he who beat the evil drum must dance the evil dance
John Judge John u are a fool.
John I think we will dance the evil drum together
Because if a leader make a mistake we must criticize him, cos I no my right
BE CAREFULL ON WHAT YOU SAID IN A SOCIAL MEDIA.
Okk mallam sulaiman, bt why do u say dat
Chidi am not a fool,rather you are a fool
Yes Young,criticizism is different from insult ok,you can criticize not to insult PMB ok
some people re too young to understand political development ,
communal clashes among ethic groups.. people just writing rubbish is their any of this problem that has not been with Nigeria since inception , just wondering the kind of youth we re building for tomorrow , how many of you typing rubbish can manage your family without rancor let alone Nigeria that has be polarized among , ethic, religion and tribal lines.
no president to come will ever solve this problem rather people should learn to live together, like
10 Buhari cant solves all Nigerian problem .
our problem is with us as citizen not government….
Tanchu Mr john
This aint family issues, who knows how you forlorn you own family at home, I don’t think you no what you are sayin
#MUMUHARI. How market?
Buhiri is a liar from day one…..
Come out and face burutai if you r truly fighting the infidels.
Magaji what do you people take burutai for…. He is vampire.. heartless human bean.. cannibal as he be,
Francis, i know that you will not be happy with the military successes on boko haram, because the boko haram r your siblings.
Nigeria military have power on civilian nt their co fighters, wawa tink wel
no,more boko hara,Now remains biafra people
What happened in meaduguiri yesterday? When will sense be in your brain?
Buhari the grand patron of boko aram commanded them to go hide until after he wins 2019 election, I refused to be deceived.
The snake was killed without it’s head and tail, the forest no longer safe………. Any reactions from the Military
Boko Haram, IPOB, MASSOB, Biafra and Avengers are all PDP property if not so then what’s so delightful in posting the terrorists propaganda and having your supporters showing their excitement for it?
the zoo called nigeria is dead , ,MY BIAFRA IS RISING
I said it that the Nigerian armed forces should not celebrate victory over boko Haram until this man is caught and chibok girls rescued if at all chibok is not a scam
Who do we belive,bcus pmb/shakau ar both renound registered liers.
Some useless people are happy now.
your response are deeply appreciated but the fact of the matter is BH have been sack from there HQ and renegade criminal will be hunted to the finish am sorry if you are disappointed but just get use to it
We all knew that biafra they are all Boko haram how can you pple continous decieved us about boko haram then by Allah willing Biafra and Boko haram will become history in this great nation
Wia do u live dia founder, buhari
My people lets pray for the said boko haram cos de knew nothing of what they are doing no time for criticism please let cry to God for solutions lets us not blame any one is only God the final whistle to every of our problems
Young idiot keep your mouth short there is no Boko Haram in Nigerian I badly believe that ur in existence
Did he mention Buhari in his video.
Wat fake , some ar more fake dan d fake story. Just like una radio
Let PMB, Burutai,NA spokeman, Shekau, Fayose, FFK, Sahara Reporters, CNN, BBC, Aljasera, etc, continue to feed with Boko Haram news; all geared towards 2019. “HISTORY will vindicate the just” (ZIK 1978)
The army speak in the open come out of your hiding and speak out
The army spoke in the open, come out of your hiding and speak so that we can take you serious. We can see your dead foot soldiers.
we dnt want too much of making noise,jst come out n do d way u did in d year 2010-2015
thanks for calling us our name”BIAFRA”
President Buhari has serious deal with bokoharam, in fact bokoharam helped Buhari to get to aso rock, and till date Buhari and bokoharam are doing business.
If yiu know you are a man and what you are doing is right it is your gods that tell you that is good. Monkey, fool come out from your hiding goat in human flesh.
Waste of time trying to convince pple full of hatred @biafara nonsense
Shekau is coward
APC and foolish lies
you must be fooled for your expression
you and your brothers invented i and someone is clearing you off , next thing is to insult
Shekau go and sleep , your days re number , our gallant soldier will surely catch up with you and you pay for all the life lost atrocities committed in Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.
Since una never catch am. Na now una wan catch am abi?
come help us Catch ,
Afterall majority chibok girls are still with him.
To ba laya jade sita,ole osi to nfonu lehin.
Look at this hopeless biafrans telling us they will not vote for apc in 2019 hahahahahaha hehehehe how on earth anyone will think that a biafra member will vote for apc but one thing for sure is that apc will win again without your votes.can’t you see how your evil party is struggle to defeat apc in your biafra state not like before your evil party will win them hands down.I pray for you to reach 2019 and see the unthinkable in that your biafra state how apc will make you have heart attack and die like a dog.
nigeria is already a dead wood, ,biafra Has Come To Stay In Jesus Name,amen, There’s Nothing Any Body Can Do About It,, Biafra Cannever Be Part Of Satanic Evil Islamic Religion In Christ Jesus Name,amen
Mr dreamer happy New year
Quiet unfortunate, every region of this country has Shekau but shield. For instance Kalu is to igbos, Tompolo is to NDD,Fayose is to Yoruba and so on
Hahahaha uncle shekau we know that already… tell that to the gullible parasites!
You keep making videos,which of the movie industry do you belong to,nollywood,hollywood,bollywood or bokowood??
If u ar not afraid, come out
Its a lie shekau has gone since is no more
so we ‘re people not animals, ur generation nd the unborn will answer for ur consequence.
Things are shaping up for the ppl of nigeria and some pigs are not happy about it, go and bury your face in shame bloody looters, an opportunity had come your way and we see how you ppl misused it and thats the end, all you want is for your brother to rule and finish nigeria, that will never happen again, your man is the inventor of boko haram and he failed you, because it has come to an end, go back and kill yourselves with your pipe blowing, its a disservice to your ppl because nigeria is full of crude oil, senseless fools, you are dying while some few of your elites are enjoying, we love nigeria and we will strive to make it a reality, some of you can not live if there is no armed robbery, kidnapping, oil bonkering and all sort of inhuman treachery, you send a fool to rule nigeria and because someone has come to right the wrong dealt on us by your son you are bluffing yourselves to your untidy graves, we are progressives and not thieves like you idiot fools
Shekau Is Allah’s Fighter And Buhari Is Allah’s Fighter Too , , Shakau And Buhari Is Eqaul To BOKO HARAM, , I hope i m wright ?
Nigeria will never die to imagination, the door is open for you to walk out