Military dismisses Boko Haram video, says it’s a ‘complete joke’

The Military on Wednesday dismissed a new video released by terrorist group Boko Haram, showing thousands of its members at three different locations during the Sallah celebration, The Nation reports.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said the video was a “cut and paste” version of a video used by the terrorist group in 2014.

He said, “It was the same video they used in 2014; this time around, they removed Shekau from it. This is cut and paste of an old video to make it look like new. Anything is possible in technology.

“The only ground the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) can go into and hide and pretend to be alive is the social media because it is everybody’s home without tracing the source.

“I believe the issue of the group is near ending by the special grace of God, The video is a complete sign of weakness and poses no threat to us.

“The so-called video is an attempt by the remnants to remind us that there was once Boko Haram elements. Empty vessels make the loudest noise.”

The Defence spokesman also said that the issue of the threat to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari from the video as a “complete joke.”

“Issue of threat to PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) is a complete joke and the dream of the century, therefore the entire clip is a washout. Everybody is appreciative of our feat against BHT, no doubt about it and they know too.

“We reiterate our total commitment and resilience in stamping them out, people shouldn’t be deceived by their use of photoshop,” the military spokesman said.

In the 12-minute, 58-second video, released by the sect on Tuesday it vowed never to give up their struggle.

In a remark after his sermon at the Eid, the Imam, identified as the assistant to the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said, “No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no Surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God!”

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