Nigeria's election will not hold in peace – Abubakar Shekau

Nigeria's election will not hold in peace – Abubakar Shekau

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:51 am

Abubakar Shekau in new video

Abubakar Shekau in new video

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the northeast blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people.

In the ninth minutes of the video which lasted for 11 minutes 57 seconds, Shekau began to talk about Nigeria’s election, stating that, it will not hold in peace.

“This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28.

The video appeared to be the first message released by the group on Twitter, a sign of its changing media tactics after previous messages were distributed to journalists on DVD.

Shekau was shown in unusual clarity in front of a solid blue background, dressed in black and with an automatic weapon resting to his right.

He also claimed a weekend attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, which the military says was repelled.

The Islamist leader, declared a global terrorist by the United States and sanctioned by the United Nations, disputed the military’s account of the Gombe clashes, claiming that his fighters overran troops and freed insurgents from prison.

Nigeria’s general election had been scheduled for February 14 but was postponed by six weeks, with the security services saying they needed more time to contain the violence in the northeast, Boko Haram’s stronghold.

Despite Shekau’s threat, experts doubt that the Islamist rebels have the capacity to disrupt voting nationwide, although election officials have conceded that voting could prove impossible in parts of the northeast.

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  • JIMMY BULUS says:

    The peace we have is not guaranteed by shekau or any jupiter for that matter.

  • ROCman says:

    how do u mean its sponsored by Jonathan. Its forces within and outside behind all this. you are not truthful in ur judgement. You think if Buhari gets to power, it will stop?

  • bros says:

    now i understand that boko haram is being sponsored by Goodluck Jonathan, i have always suspected this, now it is clear, he is still looking for ways to stop this election. BUHARI WE KNOW, BUHARI WILL WIN, BUHARI WILL MARCH FORWARD.

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