Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, has issued threats to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and his predecessor, Kashim Shettima, in a new video released on Friday.
The terrorist leader also warned Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser, Solomon Dalung, immediate past minister of youth and sports, and Bulama Bukarti, a human rights lawyer and analyst on violent extremist groups in Africa.
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Shekau warned that any Muslim who recites the national anthem, pledge and the anthem of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is an unbeliever and should be killed.
“You former governor Kashim [Shettima], you present governor [Babagana] Zulum, listen – do not be deceived by your walking without shoes – be careful! If you sing these things we mentioned [Nigeria’s national anthem, national pledge and the NYSC anthem], you are a disbeliever even if you recite them jokingly,” he said.
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Shekau’s anger may be linked to the different roles the mentioned personalities play in the fight against terrorism in the country.
Both Shettima and Zulum had worked hard to alleviate the suffering of Internally Displaced Persons while also urging the Federal Government to intensify the war against insurgency in the region.
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Monguno’s crime against Shekau may be his announcement, in the past week, that President Muhammadu Buhari will re-engineer the country’s security apparatus for a more intense onslaught on the terrorists while Bukarti has always been threatened for his frequent publications, speeches and talks on strategy and ways to defeat the terrorists.
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It is however unclear why he threatened Dalung.