The disputed leader of Boko haram has said he is still in charge of Nigeria’s militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced.
Abubakar Shekau denounced the I.S. declaration that Abu Musab Al-Barnawi was now leader, accusing Al-Barnawi of trying to stage a coup against him.
Shekau was last heard from in an audio message last august, saying he was alive and had not been replaced – an I.S video released in April said the same.
In a 10-minute audio message in both Arabic and Hausa, Shekau appeared to distance Boko Haram from I.S, but still called its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi “Caliph”.
Shekau said he had sent eight different letters to I.S leaders, but they did not act on them, only to hear the news that he had been replaced.