The Coalition Against Terrorism (CAT). has described the new video released by factional Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, as a desperate attempt to convince his sponsors that his group is still relevant for business ahead of 2019 general elections.
The group, at a press conference in Kaduna, said the video showed Shekau was aware that the dragnet for his capture was closing in and was now trying to “re-enact a psychological gimmick that had worked for him under different circumstances in the past to prove he’s still relevant.”
Coordinator of the group, Shehu Garuba, said the renewed directive to troops under the Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) to hunt down Boko Haram leader in line with the 40 days ultimatum for his capture was a welcome development.
He said the groups in the coalition believed the renewed military push to capture Shekau would defeat suicide bombing in the North East.