Terrorism Boko Haram appoints new leader

Terrorist group, Boko Haram has appointed a new head to replace long-time leader Abubakar Shekau.

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Terrorist group, Boko Haram has appointed a new head to replace long-time leader Abubakar Shekau.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, previously occupied the position of spokesperson for the group based primarily in north eastern Nigeria. The change can be linked to the loss of ground to the Nigerian army since the election of President Buhari in 2015.

Very little is known of the new man in charge but a few insights can be drawn from a 2015 video.

The BBC reports he appeared in a video of the group that surfaced online in January 2015 and was a strong contrast to Shekau. Unlike Shekau, who was usually loud and aggressive in his videos; flanked by weapon yielding militia, Abu Musab presented a calm and soft spoken demeanour.

The group announced its allegiance to the Islamic State a few years ago in a bid to create a state where strict interpretations of sharia law is imposed.

In the video, Abu Musab spoke extensively against foreign policy, western education and warned towns in the region to not attempt to resist the expansion of its caliphate.

Boko Haram, which means western education is forbidden, has gain notoriety for abductions and mass murders.

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