- Boko Haram commanders bitter towards their leader
- The anger may lead to breakaway and desertion in the sect
Ahmad Salkida, the journalist known to have access to the Boko Haram sect, has revealed that the commanders of the group are angry with their leader Abubakar Shekau.
The journalist has stated that recent attacks on the camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have caused bitterness within the rank and file of the Boko Haram group.
Ahmad in a report on Salkida.com, cited a source within the sect as saying that many insurgents were wordlessly complaining and others openly voicing their opposition to the unidentifiable Shekau over these “unexplained attacks on the innocent”.
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According to Salkida, the source said the only clarification given for these onslaughts was that the people had run to administration-held territories.
The insider added that some of the Boko Haram leaders saw the IDPs as supportive of government’s war against the militant group, therefore, deserving the attacks.
Meanwhile, a leading member within the leadership rank denied this line of argument and cautioned against attacking refugees.
He said: “We cannot be subjecting more hardship and grief to the people more than the army of the Kufr (unbelievers) subjects them to.
“What we now have is people are left to choose between the army of Kufr and us, and lately, the people are increasingly choosing the Kufr.”
The journalist further stated that a growing number of the Boko Haram terrorists were unhappy with the individual vindictive ploy and attacks, as opposed to the sect's original doctrine-driven campaign.
Salkida added that in the past, no prominent leader of the sect had cause to oppose the decisions of Shekau. Meanwhile, besides the fact that the group was walking on a tight rope, “there has been a raging disquiet in their ranks on the way things are being run, leading to breakaway and desertion, leaving those that can’t leave to grumble quietly.”
President Muhammadu Buhari speaking in an interview with British publication the Telegraph has disclosed that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander.
He said that he had received conflicting information on the militant leader's whereabouts, adding that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader.
Shekau has also failed to appear in the latest video released by the Nigerian militant group, prompting many to believe that he may be dead.