Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, told Daily Trust yesterday in a reaction:
“The threat to President Muhammadu Buhari is a complete joke and dream of the century.”
He described the video as the actions of washouts, noting that the public had been appreciative of the achievements of the military in decimating Boko Haram.
“The only ground Boko Haram can go into, hide and pretend to be alive, is the social media, because it is everybody’s home where sources can hardly be traced. More-so, which Boko Haram, I believe the group is near ending, the video is a complete sign of weakness and poses no threat to us,” he said, adding that the video was an attempt by remnants of the group to remind the public that there were once Boko Haram elements.
Abubakar said the military was committed to wiping out remnants of the group and people shouldn’t be deceived by their use of photo shop.
In the new video released yesterday and posted on YouTube, the Boko Haram members were shown observing Eid prayers in some unidentified locations.
A man who spoke in Hausa in the video said the group had not been defeated and threatened to continue their campaign.
“[President] Buhari is saying that he will finish us. Let him know that before he said so, others said so before now and they couldn’t. So Buhari saying that he will finish us, he should know that by the grace of Allah, he cannot finish us. Rather, he will die, he will die, he will die. By the will of Allah, under the leadership of our leader (Shekau), we will capture Buhari with our hands.”