Leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad otherwise known as Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has vowed not to surrender to Nigeria’s authorities, saying that those who have surrenders to take part in the Nigerian amnesty programme have left the fold of religion.
“Members of Boko Haram who recanted from the group and joined the amnesty program in the North-East have left the fold of religion.”
Shekau, who spoke in a 30-minute video, seen by HumAngle in response to the Nigerian Army’s fresh manhunt for him, vowed that the war against the government would continue even after him.
He emphasized that he and his men would never consider such a path in their lifetime, putting aside any chance of reconciliation between his group and the state.
In the video, the Boko Haram leader was shown sitting and is circled by two of his fighters holding guns in a less spacious room.
He said: “nobody can apprehend me because I’m doing God’s work. He will protect me like those doing similar work and seeking His protection.
“I’m very sure God will protect my commanders. We are all doing God’s work.
“Arresting me will not stop the work we started. What confuses you is you think the religion is mine but it belongs to Allah.”
The Nigerian Army had on Wednesday, November 11, kicked off a fresh manhunt for Shekau and some of the top Boko Haram commanders.
A banner showing the pictures of Shekau, Abu Mus’ab Albarnawy, and Ibrahim Abu Maryam, who topped the most wanted list, was unveiled by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, and Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff.