Authorities at the Defence Headquarters have questioned the credibility of the last video released by Boko Haram, saying that the large number of worshippers that appeared in the video was photoshopped.
Speaking on Thursday, the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, averred that the video clip was indeed a replica of another video released by the sect in 2014.
Abubakar urged Nigerians to ignore what was said in the clip, adding that it was diversionary and a futile attempt by the insurgents to remain relevant.
He also assured Nigerians that the onslaught of the military will continue.
His words: “Much as the Nigerian Armed Forces would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction, it becomes necessary to make some comments to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the clip.
“It is important to state here that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram sect to remain relevant. The video clip is a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way pose a threat to us.
“The military is equally not deterred by the photoshopped assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014. This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.”
On Tuesday, September 13, a video emerged from the camp of a faction of the sect loyal to shadowy leader, Abubakar Shekau, in which a nameless member of the death cult appeared to have threatened to capture and kill President Muhammadu Buhari.