The Defence Headquarters yesterday dismissed the naming of a new leader for the Boko Haram group as propaganda.Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, was reacting to reports by the BBC that the militant Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader for Boko Haram.
He said the change would not in any way affect the military’s operations, neither would it derail its focus. He added that it would even ginger the troops to make sure that the work is completed.
“It is the desperation of a drowning man, he gropes for even his shadow, the group knows they are on the losing side, they are using every available propaganda to remain relevant.
“What we have achieved is not propaganda, the reality on the ground is that they are decimated,” he said.
According to the BBC report, al-Barnawi was named as Boko Haram leader in the latest issue of an ISIL magazine without saying anything about the group’s known leader, Abubakar Shekau.