Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist Boko Haram group was conspicuously missing in the new video released by the group late Tuesday.
According to an AFP report, the 13-minute video posted shows an unidentified man in a flowing white robe and a sword dangling by his side presiding over Eid prayers in a mosque.
Hundreds of poorly fed villagers and children, who are apparently Boko Haram supporters, are seen in the video filmed on Monday.
The absence of Shekau appeared to give credence to reports by the Nigerian army that he was gravely wounded in an air strike, in which 300 Boko Haram members were killed, and many wounded.
The Nigerian army in a statement on 23 August said the terrorist was ‘fatally wounded’ in the shoulder. A military commander believed he was already dead.
In the new video, the narrator claims he is representing Shekau, who had been eplaced by the son of the Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.
“My brethren, today is Eid ..in the Islamic Caliphate under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, may Allah protect him,” he says, speaking in the Hausa language.
“We convey our Eid greetings to our brethren all over the world under the Islamic Caliphate and especially our leader Abubakar Shekau, may Allah protect him,” the man in the video says.
He said Boko Haram would fight on despite a military crackdown, adding: “No retreat, no surrender.”
AFP reported that the new video was technically superior to previous ones,