Boko Haram released a video on Monday in which its leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to defeat a new African regional coalition fighting his group. The militant leader's message came as Boko Haram fighters launched their latest attack on the southern border region of Niger amid preparations for a parliamentary vote in that country on whether to join the regional force against the Nigerian Islamist group,"Your alliance will not achieve anything. Amass all your weapons and face us.
We welcome you," he said in a 28-minute speech, one of three videos posted by the Islamists on Youtube."We never rose up to fight Africa. We rose up to fight the world," he said."We are going to fight the world on the principle that whoever doesn't obey Allah and the Prophet to either obey or die or become a slave."
But Shekau dismissed the size of the force, which had previously been set at about 7,500.
"You send 7,000 troops? Why don't you send 70 million? This is small. Only 7,000? By Allah, it is small. We can seize them one-by-one. We can seize them one-by-one," he said in Arabic.
Shekau also directly threatened Chad's President Idriss Deby, whose forces have attacked Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian towns of Gamboru and Malam Fatori in recent days.