Boko Haram insurgents are reportedly looking to seal alliance with bandits and other armed groups terrorising the North-east and North central parts of the country.
The Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, the Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, released a new video on June 15, 2020, wooing the militia groups, according to HumAngle.
The North-east has been under serial attacks by armed groups, leading to several cases of killings, kidnappings and cattle rustling, forcing many residents to abandon their homes and flee into neighbouring countries such as Niger Republic, Cameroon and Chad.
The publication said a 13 minutes 49 seconds video it exclusively obtained, showed four terrorists speaking in English, Hausa, Fulfulde and French, appealing to armed groups in Zamfara and Niger States to strive harder in the cause of Allah.
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“My brothers in Lake Chad, my brothers in Cameroon, my brothers in Sambisa, my brothers in Niger State, my brothers in Zamfara State; I urge us and encourage us to strive harder for the sake of Allah,” appeals a masked speaker with a blurred face.
“Everything we do is for the cause of Allah, and I encourage you to keep doing it. Strive harder, because Allah instructed us in the Holy Quran to strive harder and harder for His cause.
“You feel we kill. You feel we destroy. Allah has instructed us to kill everyone that is unbelieving.”
Experts, who are familiar with the recruitment mode of jihadi terrorists, are said to have described the move as both strategic and ambitious.
The publication said the experts pointed out that not only is the message targeted at swaying Fulani militia troops dominant in states in the North, but they are equally hoping to connect with audiences across the Sahel in Hausa, English and French languages.
According to them, the step highlights the strategic plan that may be driving the future jihadi campaigns of Boko Haram in parts of West Africa and the Sahel.
The terrorist, who spoke in Hausa, called on the people of the world, specifically the armed groups in Zamfara and Niger, to join Boko Haram.
“We are sending a message to our brethren in Lake Chad, Cameroon and Sambisa. We are also sending this message to our brethren in Niger and Zamfara States.
“We want to assure you that we are fine and we hope you are also in a good state of health. We thank God who put us on this path, in this time, to promote His words and institute His law.
“My second message is to the people of Nigeria, Cameroon, and the whole world. We call you to join us to institute Sharia globally.
“When you come, we will accept you according to (Shari’ah) law, and we (will) worship Allah as he commands us,” he stated.
Other terrorists, who spoke in Fulfulde and French, “emphasised the same message, appealing to the armed groups to join them to institute their brand of Sharia law,” the report concluded.