The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video where he was seen reading the group’s ideology and the Nigerian national pledge, which he denounced as shirk.
Shirk according to Islam means associating a partner with God and is deemed one of the greatest sins in the religion.
Shekau reeled out the 35-minute speech robed in flowing white apparels whilst clutching an AK47 rifle.
Conflict journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who first published the news about Shekau’s latest video, said he may “have impaired eyesight as he struggled to read his group’s ideology in Arabic.”
As he read a prepared speech in Arabic about the doctrines of Boko Haram. The factional leader of Boko Haram that have been weakened by an internal feud that led to the emergence of another faction in 2016 and persistent military campaign by the Nigerian Army and the MNJTF.
The 35-minute long speech in Arabic, according to analyst may be targeted to the international jihadi community, and not the local audience in the Lake Chad region because BokoHaram have been made a pariah terror group, following feuds between Shekau and several warlords that gainsaid his more extreme ideology, especially the use of women and children as suicide bombers in Muslim places of worship, Internally Displaced Persons camps and markets.
The last known video of the Boko Haram leader was a 36-minute clip released in July 2018.
Shekau exclusively led Boko Haram until mid-2016 when the sect split into two. An AFP report said the split occurred because Shekau rejected indiscriminate targeting of civilians.
The splinter group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and later became the Islamic State in West African Province.
Shekau may be reaching out for support, according to analysts, which rival groups in the region enjoys, by clearly highlighting the group’s doctrines. Detailed translation of the video to be made available shortly.