ICC Note: In an audio message awaiting
confirmation of authenticity, a spokesperson for the
Islamic State has accepted the pledge of allegiance
from Nigeria-based, radical Islamist group Boko
Haram. The message reports that the goal of
establishing a caliphate has been expanded into
Western Africa through this new alliance. The ISIS
spokesman also called Muslims in the region to join
and support the militant group in Nigeria.
03/13/2015 Nigeria (BBC) – Islamic State (IS) has
accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigeria’s
militant group Boko Haram, according to an audio
In the tape, which has not been verified, an IS
spokesman says the aim of establishing a caliphate
has now been expanded to West Africa.
Last week, Boko Haram posted a message saying it
wanted to join ranks with IS.
Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose
Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009.
The conflict has since spread to neighbouring
In the tape, a man – who describes himself as IS
spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani – says: “We
announce to you to the good news of the expansion
of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph…
has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the
Sunni group for preaching and the jihad.”
The spokesman also urges Muslims to join militants
in West Africa, rejecting suggestions that Iraqi
forces and the US-led coalition have recently had a
series of victories against IS in Iraq and Syria.
The audio tape has not been independently verified.
Earlier this week, Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan told Voice of America (VOA) that Boko
Haram militants were travelling to IS camps for
But he did not specify in which countries these
camps were and said it was not known how deep
the links were between the two groups.
IS aims to establish a caliphate, a state ruled by a
single political and religious leader according to
Islamic law, or Sharia.
Please pray that the peace of God will reign in Nigeria and that the veil of extremism will die in Jesus Name.
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