The Nigerian Army has rejected claims by the Boko Haram terrorists that they were behind the abduction of over 333 boys in a secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State, saying the audio is fake.
The Defence Headquater Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj Gen John Enenche, stated that Shekau was not a person but a “brand and all that needs to be done is somebody using his voice,” according to Sahara Reporters.
Bandits invaded the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, on Friday night and abducted over 300 schoolboys.
The Boko Haram terrorists had also released audio on Monday, claiming responsibility for the abductions and stating that they took the action against western education which was not in line with their religious beliefs.
While featuring on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Wednesday, Enenche disclosed that the terrorists’ claims should be disregarded as they were only seeking for relevance and power.
Enenche stated, “On the basis of the characteristics of terrorists all over the world from the time of Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Shabaab, all of them, wherever they will boost their ego or show relevance, that is what they will do.
“What did they even do? Somebody spoke on audio and said, ‘I am Shekau.’ Shekau on a secondary note is a brand. All that needs to be done is somebody using his voice. The total aim of terrorists is to instil fear into people even beyond their scope of influence.
“So, it is easy for the layman to agree that it is them (Boko Haram) because even if it is kidnappers or armed robbers, they aim to instil fear and kill.”
Enenche revealed that military operations are ongoing to ensure the safe return of the abducted students.
“With what the military is doing, by the grace of Almighty God, very soon, the children will be back.”