By Philip Nwosu
Leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has said President-elect of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, cannot stop extremism in the world.
In a voice message sent from a near section of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service, Shekau said Boko Haram is ready to challenge Trump’s policies.
“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” he said.
Shekau noted that he and his fighters, “remain steadfast on our faith and will not stop. To us, the war has just begun…”
Shekau also disclosed his group was behind deadly suicide attacks in the North East region of Nigeria.
He also condemned the decision by the Saudi King to congratulate Trump on his victory and said the king is not working according to the dictates of sharia.
According to the BBC, From Afghanistan to Algeria, jihadists plan to use Donald Trump’s shocking U.S. presidential victory as a propaganda tool to bring new fighters to their battlefields.
“Commanders and Islamic State (IS) supporters say Trump’s campaign trail rhetoric against Muslims — at one point calling for a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States—will play perfectly in their recruitment efforts, especially for disaffected youth in the West.
“This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands,” Abu Omar Khorasani, a top ISIS commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters.
Trump has talked tough against militant groups on the campaign trail, promising to defeat “radical Islamic terrorism just as we won the Cold War.”
The president-elect later toned down his call for a total ban on Muslim entry to say he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have “a history of exporting terrorism.”
But, he has offered few details on his plans to combat various radical groups, including ISIS, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, which represent a wide spectrum of political views.
“He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks [the fact] that his extremism will generate extremism in return,” Iraq’s powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement.