Boko Haram fighters have forged an alliance with Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders following the death of Abubakar Shekau, the terrorist group’s factional head, who reportedly blew himself up to avoid being arrested by ISWAP forces.
The Boko Haram and ISWAP commanders placed their hands on top of each other and sang words of solidarity as a sign of new partnership, according to a viral video obtained by LEADERSHIP on Saturday in Maiduguri.
The terrorists from both camps professed their loyalty to one Aba Ibrahim Al-Hashimiyil AlKhuraishi, whom they unanimously consecrated as “Khalifan Muslimai,” or “The Leader of All Muslims,” in the roughly 13-minute film.
In the video, four rebels from the Boko Haram bloc and the ISWAP sect pledge their allegiance to their new commander while speaking in Arabic, Hausa, English, and Fulfulde, respectively.
When one of the speakers claimed that the adversaries had succeeded in dividing the terrorists, but that they had now regrouped for a single cause, he validated the assertion that intelligence agencies played significant roles in establishing divides in the terrorist camps.
Thus, in Boko Haram’s most recent video, the terrorist who spoke first offered his greetings to their new leader, Khuraishi, thanking him for bringing them together.
He pledged his allegiance and stated that every member of Boko Haram and ISWAP should be grateful for their newfound unity.
Another terrorist greeted Al-Hashimiyil Khuraishi in Hausa, assuring him that he and his fellow terrorists would not disobey his instructions and commandments.
He expressed his joy at the fact that they are once again one “indivisible entity,” after the mutual enmity that had before split them dissipated.
Another ISWAP fighter, who was wielding a sophisticated gun hung on his neck, thundered: ””What is left now is Jihad. We will not stop fighting the unbelievers. All the unbelievers are now in trouble.”
According to the daredevil terrorist, every Boko Haram and ISWAP member must be ready to fight under the directive of their new leader, for them to survive and succeed.