Factional leaders fight over aims of Boko Haram

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A video released on Tuesday by the factional leader of Boko Haram accused Abubakar Shekau of going against the objectives of insurgents.

The video was posted on YouTube by Abu Musad Al-Barnawi.

In the video, Al-Barnawi accused Shekau of using Boko Haram to perpetrate crime.

Al-Barnawi, has predicted that the Shekau’s faction will suffer defeat at the hands of the Nigerian army.

He said that the group was created by Muhammad Yusuf for the purpose of propagating good teachings and practice of Islam.

Instead, Shekau, he said, had turned Boko Haram to an avenue for perpetrating all forms of criminality.

The video showed gory actions of Shekau, instead of the compassion they were supposed to show.

A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter threatened in a video April that the group will bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, a statement that should serve as a wake up call for Nigeria’s security services.

Reuters said the suspected fighter for the terrorist group made the threat in a video obtained by Saharareporters and Dubai-based Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida.

“More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured,” said the man in the video in Hausa. As he spoke, he was flanked by four other armed men.

In April, Department of State Services (DSS) said it had thwarted plans by Boko Haram to attack the British and U.S. embassies in Abuja.

About 82 girls were freed last Saturday in exchange for Boko Haram commanders after being held captive for three years. They were among about 219 kidnapped by the jihadist group from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014.

In a second video seen by Reuters, one of a group of four females covered in full-length Muslim veils claiming to be among the abducted girls said she did not want to return home.

“We don’t want to reunite with our parents because they are not worshipping Allah, and I urge you to join us,” she said, holding a rifle and speaking in the Hausa. She added: “We have not been forcefully married to anybody. Marriage is based on your wish.”

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