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Nigeria Army react to news of new Boko Haram leader

04 August 2016, 14:57

Abuja -The Nigerian Army has claimed that the news of ISIS installing a new leader for the Boko Haram sect in West Africa is of little concern to them as they have them covered, Herald reports.

This comes after it was reported that Abu Musab al-Barnawi would be taking over the leadership role of the Boko Haram in place of Shekau who has not been seen since August of last year.

This claim was made by Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar who said that the sect is ‘nearly dead’ and that the Nigerian army is not worried about a change of leadership.

He said, ” The leadership change of BHT as purportedly released recently doesnt in any way bother us as the group is nearly dead in Nigeria and others within the Lake Chad nations. So, whether there is change in leadership or not, we are sure of total annihilation of the group.

Also read: WATCH: Boko Haram releases another video, pledges allegiance to ISIS

“Our focus is to clear them from their hideouts which we have been doing through the ongoing Operation Crackdown and Operation Gama Aiki with Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). It’s not anything to us and we will continue to reduce them to nothing.”

“So they are trying to behave like a dying person who holds to any thing in his desperation to stay alive. People should not take them seriously as they no longer poses any threats. However, we dismissed this change of leadership as a child play.”

News24 previously reported Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, ISIS, announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader for its West African branch which is Boko Haram.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was previously spokesman for the Nigerian-based Islamists, is featured in the latest issue of an IS magazine.

The magazine featured its first interview with Abu Musab al-Barnawi who replaces Abubakar Shekau.

- News 24


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