The Nigerian Army has described the latest video released by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, as nothing but a propaganda tool, sign of desperation and insanity. The Army's response was contained in a press statement signed by Colonel Sani K. Usman, acting Director of Army Public Relations.
In the video, released on Sunday, the Army said Shekau made characteristically "insane" assertions. The terrorist, added the Army, threatened various towns, groups and individuals as well as denied the fact that he was wounded in an air raid by the Nigerian Air Force.
"The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists' group leader is mentally sick and unstable.
"The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people," the Army said.
The Nigerian Army explained that the facts on the ground show that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them, especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls. The Army disclosed that thousands of persons have been rescued from the terrorists by troops.
The video, further explained the Army, has further shown that Shekau no longer practices Islam, as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. The Army added that he was also unable to even lead prayers and advised Nigerians not to be fooled by Shekau.
"No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on his antecedents and as he has shown over time to be irrational and therefore unreliable, especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally," the Army stated.
The Army also assured Nigerians, especially residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria, of their safety it is capable of protecting them from attacks by Boko Haram the remnants.
"We would like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism, as it was known, is gone for good. We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice. However, a window still exists for the repentant ones among them to lay down their arms and surrender to justice," the statement concluded.