- A civil society organization has said that the leader of the Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, has already been defeated
- The group said Shekau's new video shows he is working hard to impress his sponsors ahead of 2019 elections
- The group also said Shekau is aware that his capture is imminent
A civil society organization has alleged that the leader of the Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, is desperately trying to convince his sponsors for more contracts.
The Coalition Against Terrorism (CAT) said Shekau's new video is an indication that the Boko Haram leader has run out of options as 2019 general election draws near.
Speaking during a briefing in Kaduna, the coordinator of CAT, Shehu Garba, said the recent video released by the terrorists' leader shows that Shekau is aware that his capture is imminent.
Garba also said the the Boko Haram commander is working hard to showcase that he is still relevant to his sponsors.
He also said that the renewed directive to troops under the Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) to hunt down Boko Haram leader in line with the 40 days ultimatum for his capture is welcome development.
Garba said CAT's confidence in the ability of the military to fish out Shekau in few days time is unwavering.
“Our hope is that the troops would accelerate their mission to smoke the Boko Haram leader out given the new low to which his depravity has sunken. Boko Haram went underground to brainwash parents into coercing their girl children into becoming suiciide bombers.
"The military must focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by this antic of the terrorists and those behind them. It takes the worst form of perversiion to recruit young girls and innocent women to die for other people’s pecuniary reasons.
“In the face of such disparately unconventional circumstances, we commend the achievements of the Nigerian military, which has done well in fighting, degrading and defeating the militant wing of the terror group. We hail the sacrifices of those that have laid down their lives to procure the measure of peace in the areas where Boko Haram once peddle terror on a large scale,” he said.
He further tasked the Nigerian military to move the war on terrorism from the fighters and commanders of the group to going after the political assets and platforms of the insurgents.
Garba said the Nigerian military should be aware of Nigerians unwavering supports its operations against terrorism in Nigeria.
“Nigerian authorities must approach internet giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to secure a commitment to block pro-terrorists contents like the video released by Shekau.
“The social media sites must also be compelled to block accounts that promote Boko Haram’s activities. These organizations already comply with such requests from several countries. They either comply or are denied the opportunity to do business in Nigeria,” he stated.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the leader of the Boko Haram terrorists released a new video mocking the former president Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The terrorists' leader also mocked the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai in the video and a new directive to troops fighting against terrorism in the north-east to capture him (Shekau).
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