IT is shocking that the Islamic State (IS) can publicly pronounce a leader for Nigeria’s terror group, Boko Haram. This is the reason our security agencies must step up the war against the insurgents. Just a couple of weeks ago, the IS leadership named Al-Barnawi as the leader of the sect, with Abubakar Shekau, who many have come to see as the face of Boko Haram, kicking.
Shekau stated that IS had betrayed him by naming another person as leader after he had pledged allegiance to the global terror group. It is being reported that the IS recognised leader, Al-Barnawi is the son of the founder of the group, Yusuf Mohammed.
Our security agencies now have more work to do now that IS has publicly commented on the situation in Nigeria. We don’t want an influx of jihadists into the country to carry out terror attacks against the Nigerian state and innocent citizens.
We should not forget that just last year, a Lebanese terrorist was caught trying to board a flight to Nigeria. How he got the Nigerian visa is yet to be investigated. This situation was a serious security breach that ought to have been investigated, but today, nobody is saying anything about it. If we don’t solve our security problems, then we will never be able to attract foreign investors.
- Ismail Sule,