Nigeria: Islamist Leader Declares Seized Christian Town A Part Of The Islamic Caliphate
Is this Mohammed-worhiping serial killer declaring the (formerly) Christian town of Gwoza now part of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or a different caliphate? Seems he’s referring to the former given the fact that he’s already expressed support for its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi …
Hadith, Saheeh Muslim 2889, “Verily Allah has shown me the eastern and western part of the earth, and I saw the authority of my Ummah (Islamic nation) dominate all that I saw.”
By Aminu Abubakar, AFP – “Boko Haram’s leader said a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday.
‘Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,’ Abubakar Shekau said in the 52-minute video.
The military however rejected the claim, saying in a statement that the ‘sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact’.
In a July video, Shekau voiced support for the leader of the Islamic State (IS) militants Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who in late June declared himself ‘the caliph’ and ‘leader of Muslims everywhere’.
Nigeria: Nearly 1,000 Massacred After Muslims Attack Christian Village, “They Are Following The Strategy Of ISIS”But there was no indication from Shekau in the latest video that he was associating himself with Baghdadi, whose Sunni Muslim fighters have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.I presume he means the Islamic caliphate of ISIS, the one
As such, it was not clear if Shekau was declaring himself to be a part of Baghdadi’s call or if he was referring to a separate Nigerian caliphate.
In the 19th century, a Sokoto caliphate was proclaimed across most of modern-day northern Nigeria and was considered separate from other Islamic kingdoms, such as the Ottoman Empire.
Shekau — who has been designated a global terrorist by the United States — is shown in the video wearing military fatigues, with a Kalashnikov rifle strapped to his body.” Read more.
Flashback: ‘May Allah Protect You’: Leader Of Boko Haram In Nigeria Voices Support For ISIS Caliphate – “The head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists has voiced support for the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants who have taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, in a video obtained by Agence France Presse Sunday… Near the beginning of the video he calls several of the world’s most prominent Islamist extremists his ‘brethren.’ ‘May Allah protect you’ he said, listing IS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahiri, Taliban leader Mullah Omar and several others.” Read more.
Flashback: Nigeria: Nearly 1,000 Massacred After Muslims Attack Christian Village, ‘They Are Following The Strategy Of ISIS’ – “The death toll from Boko Haram’s takeover of the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza is nearly 1,000, not the 100 included in many reports, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press. The Nigerian military abandoned their weapons and fled Gwoza as Boko Haram attacked Wednesday (Aug. 6), burning government buildings, killing residents and taking hostages. Some residents managed to flee to the mountains bordering Cameroon and are without food or water; others made it 85 miles north to Maiduguri, Associated French Press (AFP) and others reported.” Read more.