Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has declared it is still thriving, despite public comment from the Nigerian government that it had defeated the jihadist organisation.
In a video broadcast, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season were the result of the group’s activities. He said: ‘We are in good health and nothing has happened to us’.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, the leader, who was speaking in the Hausa language, said the Nigerian troops, police and ‘those creating mischief against us cannot do anything against us’.
He then claimed his group had carried out attacks across the northern provinces, in Maiduguri, Gaboru and Damboa, as well as an attack on a military checkpoint in Molai village, Maiduguri.
At least 50 people were killed in November 2017 when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Adamawa state. In December, Boko Haram attacked convoys of Nigerian soldiers and dispatched suicide bombers into crowded markets in towns across northeast Nigeria.
The group’s broadcast came after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said in his New Year address that Boko Haram had been beaten.