Contrary to claims by Boko Haram that they are in alliance with ISIS, a new investigation has revealed that the jihadist based in the northeast of Nigeria are yet to be recognised by the international terror group.
Experts on the study of the ideology of ISIS and other international terrorists groups, especially those of the Middle East extraction have said that Boko Haram’s professed allegiance to ISIS was rather more of an attention seeking.
Mr Graeme Wood, a US spokesman on counter terrorism said though ISIS may be enthusiastic about having allies from outside their Middle East locale, they still have not looked in the direction of Nigeria.
He further stressed that ISIS has not documented any interest on its budding terror group, Boko Haram.
The US-born journalist, said Boko Haram, for now lacks the dynamics ISIS seeks in foreign fighters normally sourced from Europe, America, and Asia.
In reaction to the pattern of global war against violent extremism especially as led by the UN and US, Wood, said they would need to engage youth peer in dissemination of counter-narratives on violent extremism rather than using government voice that are hardly trusted.
He said the counter narratives being dished out by government or authorities in government had in most cases make those outlawed values of the terrorists even more attractive to the target groups.
“I speak specifically about trying to counter violent extremism in Europe and the United States and in the Arab world; many of the efforts have been about saying look how bad the Islamic state is; look how evil they are; they are practicing slavery; and many of these in my experience are not repulsive to potential recruits to Islamic states; they are rather attractive.
Last month, a new face in the leadership of Boko Haram spoke in a high quality video posted on the YouTube calling on the Somalian Jihadists to recognize ISIS’ Abubakar Albaghdadi as its new global leader.
The new face however, did not identify himself by name, but spoke in clear Hausa garnished with Arabic.He said his group, Jamaatu Ahlil Sunna Li Dawati wal Jihad (Boko Haram) has since adopted Albaghdadi as the clear leader of all Islamic revolutionary movements in accordance with the tradition of Islam.
Meanwhile, a highly wanted Boko Haram kingpin whose photo was among the list of 100 most wanted terrorists released by the Nigerian army, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, in Abuja.