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“This election will not hold…”: Boko Haram leader says in new video


by Anike Jacobs

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau  has vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday.

In the ninth minute of the video which lasted for 11 minutes 57 seconds, Shekau began to talk about Nigeria’s election, stating that, it will not hold in peace.

“This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28.

He also claimed a weekend attack in Gombe which the military says was repelled.

“And these words are our reply to the current issue that people are talking about,” Shekau said in apparent response to the accusations and counter-accusations regarding election postponement.

“Allah will not let you people hold this election because you people are saying that ‘authority’ people ruling each other,” he said.

He disputed the military’s account of the Gombe clashe claiming that his fighters overran troops and freed insurgents from prison.

Nigeria’s general election had been scheduled for February 14 but was postponed by six weeks with the security services saying they needed more time to contain the violence in the North east, Boko Haram’s stronghold.

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