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I’ll Fight Nigeria, Whole World, Boko Haram’s Shekau Boasts In New Video

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Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009.

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This screengrab taken on August 8, 2016 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP. Vanguard File

“I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria and the whole world,” Shekau said in the video released on Sunday, using the group’s name since it declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

Last week, Shekau said in an audio message he was still head of the group despite his purported replacement by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a former Boko Haram spokesman.

“We have no desire to fight our Muslim brethren,” Shekau, who last appeared in March, said in the 24-minute video.

Shekau ridiculed suggestions that he was dead, and looked more composed and energetic than in previous appearances.

“I’m alive by the permission of Allah,” he said in his speech in Arabic and Hausa, adding that he would only die when his time came.

In the video he is wearing camouflage gear and holding a machine gun, standing between two Islamist fighters in balaclavas armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

He taunted President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and condemned Western countries including the United States, France, Germany and “the tyrants of the United Nonsense (UN)”.

At the end of his speech — apparently filmed in Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest of northeastern Nigeria — he fired off rounds of ammunition into the air.

His absence in recent months had sparked speculation about his fate and whether he had been deposed as Boko Haram’s chief.

Barnawi’s appointment was contained in a magazine issued by the Islamic State group, to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in March last year.

Shekau dismissed Barnawi as an infidel who condoned living in an un-Islamic society without waging jihad.

Shekau became leader after Nigerian security forces killed the group’s founding chief Mohammed Yusuf in 2009.

Omar Mahmood, a security analyst with US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute who has spent the past five years researching Boko Haram, said Shekau was removed because of his highhandness and ruthlessness.

“One thing that has remained constant, however, is the focus on attacks against regional security forces, with Muslim civilian deaths still ignored. This aspect seems to be a key concern for IS propagandists,” Mahmood said.

“By contrast, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the man announced as the new leader, clearly stated in his al-Naba interview that attacks against Muslim civilians, mosques and markets will not be a staple of his leadership.”

Sources close to Boko Haram said Barnawi, aged in his early twenties, is none other than Habib Yusuf, the eldest son of group founder Yusuf.

They said he was put under Shekau’s care following the death of his father, but the pair fell out over ideological and operational differences.

Boko Haram has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and displacing more than 2.6 million people since it launched a brutal insurgency in Nigeria in 2009.

Nigerian forces, with the support of regional troops, have recaptured swathes of territory lost to the jihadists since they launched a military campaign in February 2014.

Source: Vanguard

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Iyabo Ojo Finds Out Her Mum Lied About Her Age (Video)

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While still in a mourning state, actress Iyabo Ojo has revealed that she just found out her mum, Mrs Victoria olubunmi Fetuga lied about being aged 67 years.

Mrs Victoria olubunmi Fetuga was aged 67 and a three generation photo shoot was organized by Iyabo Ojo in her honor, three months ago to celebrate.

Posting an Instagram video of her late mum dancing on her last birthday, Iyabo Ojo moments ago wrote;

“O my sweet mother even in your death you made me laugh so hard this morning. I just found out from her siblings that she was 69 years old and not 67, as she always claimed.

She didn’t want us to know she was older than my late dad who would have been 68! 😀😃😅😅🤣🤣 she could have claimed his age at least but no, she wanted us to believe she was much younger hence the 2 years gap. Gosh! No wonder she never wanted any birthday party🤣

Cant wrap my head around the fact that she is gone 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I love you too much mama, Continue to rest on……..”

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Denrele Edun Meets His ‘New Twin’, Says “Time To Start Questioning Our Parents”

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According to the media personality, he was on a visit to Hi-Impact Planet for a TV recording when he stumbled on the young man who looks exactly like him.

Denrele who shared their photos on his social media pages revealed that he dressed the young man in his ensemble, and was able to confuse people with their looks as it was difficult to spot the difference.

In his words,

“NOTHING WEY NEBUCHADNEZZER NO GO SEE INSIDE FIRE! Wahala dey for who no resemble DENRELE WEREY o!

Ran into my *supposed TWIN* at the @hiimpactplanetng when I was hosted a few weeks back for a TV Recording.
Dressed him up in my ensemble, save for the Heels (I no wan hear story; Nothing wey I no go see for another pickin parent hand) and we had a blast confusing people all around the complex!

Time to start Questioning our parents! Since I’m the German-Indian DENRELE, my new Twin will be the Sango-Agbado-ijaiye DENRELE! What do you think of the Resemblance? Flood Me… I am your Comment Section!”

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‘God Bless U’- Davido reacts after artist shared a wonderful painting of him

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David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), better known as Davido has received massive love from a fan who decided to give him his birthday gift with a beautiful painting.

The fan took to social media to share the wonderful photo of the piece he had designed for Davido.

He tagged Davido and wrote:

Happy Birthday King @Davido Please Help Me Retweet And Tag Him So That He Can See This Street Art I Did Of Him #HappyBirthdayDavido Happy Birthday OBO Papa ifeanyi Big 28 King David World OBO Day

Davido reacted to the painting and thanked him.

He wrote:

God bless u

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