LAGOS— Erstwhile leader of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da’awati wal-Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has released a recorded message a few hours after news of his successor was made public by ISIS.

This came as the Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed as cheap propaganda reported appointment of a new leader for the sect, saying it was too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist group

The Islamic state militant group on Wednesday announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of its West African affiliate, Boko Haram.

Shekau in the 10-minute 23-second audio message in Arabic and Hausa, said he was deceived, but vowed never to stray from the ideology of the Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da’awati wal-Jihad which he said had a basis in the Quran.

Shekau in the recorded message said nothing would deter the sect from pursuing its cause, even if they were called ‘kwawarij’, meaning those that opposed arbitration as a means to chose a new leader.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has described as cheap propaganda the report that ISIS had appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, saying it was too  late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist organization.

The government, in a remark made by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the ongoing All Nigerian Conference of Editors in Port Harcourt, said: “By the way, don’t believe the cheap propaganda by the global terrorist group, ISIS, which has reportedly named a new leader for Boko Haram.

“Our gallant military has put Boko Haram on the run and nothing will bring back the terrorists, not even the wishful thinking by ISIS.”



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