The new leader of the terrorist sect, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was newly named by ISIS, has accused a factional leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, of killing fellow Muslims and living in luxury.
Shekau was the leader of the sect for six years.
In an audio recording released on Friday, al-Barnawi said Shekau violated Islamic tenets by killing fellow Muslims, including members of the terrorist group, living a life of luxury with his wives, neglecting starving women and children, and failing to provide food and weapons for insurgent fighters.
According to an online medium, al-Barnawi said the audio was a response to Shekau’s earlier statement affirming that he remained Boko Haram’s leader and accusing ISIS of deceiving him and his followers.
“We are here to send a message across to Shekau who had released his own cassette and we tag our own ‘REVELATION,’” al-Barnawi spoke in a rambling and caustic manner, addressing his critical remarks at Shekau.
The new ISIS-backed leader stated that the time had ended when Shekau could “appear and say whatever he likes, whether true or false. Everyone must listen and say Imam has spoken, but today it is over.”
Al-Barnawi threatened, “Anyone that challenge us, we will also challenge and change from his falsehood. Islam did not belong to your father or mother neither did it belong to our mother or our father. Islam belongs to Allah and no single man can claim sole ownership of Islam.
“Shekau was boasting that if we attempt to escape from his empire, his men will kill us. He is a liar. I am not the only one who left, but eight of us left, all kitchen cabinet members. The issue of Islam is not personal, there is no sentiment in Islam, and that is why we are here. Nobody can dare us or stop us from it, no matter how he brags.”
Excerpts from the new sect’s leader audio recording also said, “We said we would not touch anyone but just go on our way to our religion. We will fight for the cause of Allah and work against personalising Jihad and against unjustifiable killings and shedding of blood. We are out because you came out with your own cassette. We want our people to know proper Islam because Allah in the Quran forbids killings without justification. Just like Allah gave us power to kill infidels, there are those he said we shouldn’t kill without reason.
“In the Quran, Allah forbade Muslims from killing one another…and he also taught against killing in secret. If it is serious punishment, it must be public for people to know and witness it. But once you see killings in secret, there is something fishy and this is what we noticed with Shekau. What he is doing is not Islam. He said we should follow him and we agreed, but we later realised it is another thing and we said no. We have to stick to the Quran and what Allah said, not follow someone’s waywardness.”