The Special Forces deployed to flush out terrorists from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states following declaration of state of emergency in the three states are obviously getting to the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, as its leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a video published, Tuesday, called on Islamists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq to join the fight to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.
“We call on our brethren in these countries I mentioned. Oh! Our brethren, come to us,” he said in the video, which alternates between Arabic and Hausa language.
Earlier this month, Afghan President, Hamid Karzai had advised Boko Haram insurgents to sheathe their swords.
Karzai, during the presentation of letters of credence to him by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Dauda Danladi, called on the Boko Haram members to lay down their arms if they are true Muslims and embrace amnesty offered by the Federal Government noting that no religion preaches violence.
“Boko Haram should stop burning schools, Mosques, Churches in the name of Islam. You should not destroy your country if you are true Muslims. You should protect lives because in Islam if you kill one, it is as if you have killed the whole of humanity and if you save life, it is as if you have saved the whole of humanity”.
Abubakar Shekau who stated that his group has scored several victories against the Nigerian military in Borno State during the ongoing offensive, admitted, however, that his group sustained little damage.
According to him, “Since we started this ongoing war which they call state of emergency, in some instances soldiers who faced us turned and ran. Nigerian forces threw down their arms in flight” .