By Adebayo Williams
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has told US President-elect Donald Trump that the sect’s war against the West has just begun. The terrorist general spoke via a message posted on YouTube late Sunday.
“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” Abubakar Shekau said in the message.
“We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message.
“To us, the war has just begun.”
Boko Haram, last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and has been facing leader crisis since. The sect’s late founder’s son, Abu Musab al-Barnawi has been named successor to Shekau. The news had caused division amongst the terrorists causing a fight to break out in the camp. Al-Barnawi had said the fight was losing focus with Shekau in charge. He slammed the banditry of the fighters saying it negated the fight initiated by his father and what jihad stands for.
During a visit to Nigeria in August, United States Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the government for reclaiming swathes of territory and releasing thousands of hostages from Boko Haram, while warning against the use of excessive force to fight extremists.