Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists announces new leader


LAGOS: According to Islamic State Group, on Wednesday Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic radical have a fresh head who assure to conclude assault on mosques and markets used by Muslims. The group recognized Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new "Wali" of its West Africa Province, a name formerly used to describe long-time leader Abubakar Shekau. The interview with al-Barnawi point out a major change in policy for the Nigerian extremists, who have assault mosques with suicide bombers and gunmen, blown up suicide bombers in packed marketplaces and killed and kidnapped school children.

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The targeting of scholars accounts for its nickname Boko Haram, which means Western education is sinful or forbidden. Jacob Zenn has also further conveyed that, wednesday's declaration designated a coup by Boko Haram escape group Ansaru next to Shekau, and follows a trend of extremist Islamic groups moving away from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State. Ansaru broke away from Boko Haram because it disagrees with the haphazard killing of civilians, especially Muslims. According to sources, Al-Barnawi is the pseudonym of a Nigerian related with Ansaru, which is known for kidnapping foreigners. Shekau in March 2015 affirmed that Boko Haram had turn into the Islamic State's West Africa Province. At the time, Boko Haram was the most influential military force in northeast Nigeria, controlling an enormous area and better equipped and motivated than Nigerian forces.

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Under Shekau, the seven-year insurgency spread to neighboring nations, killed more than 20,000 people and driven more than 2.2 millon from their homes, generating what aid workers have called a catastrophic humanitarian emergency. Previous year, President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator who has better armed and motivated security forces. He is also hostility corruption that unfocused some $2.1 billion that was meant to buy weapons to clash the Islamic uprising, and is cooperating with a multinational force that has the extremists on the run. Al-Barnawi has also further conveyed that, below his leadership the militants will work to seize back territory. He maintain that rising numbers of youth are joining the cause, though Nigeria's military reports that hundreds of its fighters have surrendered as aerial bombardments and ground assaults cut supply routes.