What may well be the ghost of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, says he and his boys want to die fighting to guarantee their passport to the Islamic version of the Christian heaven.
The feared extremist leader, whom the military claim to have killed several times, said: “You people should understand that we only obey Allah, we tread the path of the Prophet. We hope to die on this path … Our goal is the garden of eternal bliss.
“Boko Haram is interested only in battle, hitting, striking and killing with the gun, which we look forward to like a tasty meal.”
This is Shekau’s response to claims by the Federal Government of Nigeria that Boko Haram has agreed to a truce to halt its five-year insurgency that has allegedly incited mutiny in the Nigerian Army.
In his latest video released on the internet he warned the Nigerian government to be careful of its claims concerning Boko Haram if it valued the life of a German that they have abducted.
“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”
A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi State in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that he had no new information about a German abductee.
The denial of the truce clarifies the situation between Boko Haram and the federal government because the fighting and abductions have continued. Boko Haram seized the commercial centre of Mubi last week with fighting raging at the weekend around nearby Vimtin.
Dressed in a camouflage tunic and pants and the black and white flag of al-Qaida by his side, flanked by masked and armed fighters standing in front of four military pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, with a malevolent laugh, Shekau urged the world to forget any dreams they have about the release of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls because they had converted to Islam and married his fighters.
“If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.
“The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,”