Abu Musab al-Barnawi has been named as the new leader of the dreaded Islāmic sect, Boko Haram. The former spokesperson of Boko Haram was declared leader after the disappearance of former leader, Abubakar Shekau since August 2015. The Nigerian military have claimed to have killed Shekau various times, in different confrontations.
According to a BBC report, quoting an interview in the latest issue of IS’s al-Naba weekly Arabic magazine, “Barnawi said his group remained a force to be reckoned with and said they have been recruiting new intakes”. He also “maintained IS was still strong in the region and promised to continue fighting West African governments”.
The Nigerian military have reacted to the news, saying the change in Boko Haram’s leadership is irrelevant and insignificant. The defense headquarters, through the Director of Defense Information, Rabe Abubakar have told the Nigerian public that the new leadership of the terror group would not diminish military actions against the group. He said military is currently intensifying on its operation in the northeast.
Boko Haram, which has lost most of the territory it controlled 18 months ago, is fighting to overthrow Nigeria’s government.