Boko Haram 'Divided' terrorists to become more dangerous - Analyst

The disputed leader of Boko Haram has announced that he is still in charge of Nigeria's militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

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The disputed leader of Boko Haram has announced that he is still in charge of Nigeria's militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. play

The disputed leader of Boko Haram has announced that he is still in charge of Nigeria's militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

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International Relations Analyst, Vladimir Antwi-Danso has said the leadership crisis within militant Islamist group, Boko Haram could make the group more dangerous in its activities.

The disputed leader of Boko Haram has announced that he is still in charge of Nigeria's militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

According to Shekau, al-Barnawi is only trying to stage a coup against him.

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Boko Haram, which has been fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government and establish an Islamic State in the north, has in the last 18 months lost most of the territory it controls, BBC reports.

This follows an offensive attack by forces of Nigeria and its neighbours.

Reports say a split within the group has been developing for the past few months, but the interview with al-Banarwi and Shekau’s audio message have brought the division out in the open.

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Commenting on the development, Vladimir Antwi-Danso said the situation “is an indicative of the dwindling fortunes of Boko Haram.”

“It is indicative also of the very fact that there has been the end of shame and the kind of division within the movement and shows that they are diffusing a little. And ISIS doesn’t want that kind of front led by Shekau,” he told Accra-based TV3.

He added that the development “doesn’t mean it [Boko Haram] has been completely defeated...In terrorism, the more diffused they become, the more dangerous they are because they wouldn’t have leadership. They can become very indiscriminate in the way they fight. If you watch for the past few months, about six months now, Shekau is not in control, and the activities of Boko Haram has been very much diffused, sporadic incursions into areas you least expect and things like that and that is what we need to be watching."

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