Nigerian sect leader criticizes Obama for 'terrorist' label
By Aminu Abubakar, AFPKANO, Nigeria -- The suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram criticized U.S. President Barack Obama in an online video on Saturday over Washington's decision to label him a “global terrorist.”
August 6, 2012, 11:57 am TWN
It was unclear when the video was made, but it marked the first time Abubakar Shekau publicly addressed the terrorist designation slapped on him by the United States in June.
The clip, more than 38 minutes long, could not be independently verified as authentic, but it was similar to previous videos of Shekau.
“You said I'm a global terrorist, then you are a terrorist in the next world,” Shekau said in the Hausa language in the video posted on YouTube while speaking of Obama.
Earlier in the video, Shekau says, “I call on you (Nigerian President Goodluck) Jonathan, you should abandon this ungodly power, you should repent and forsake Christianity, including Obama, who said I have business interests in the United States.”
Speaking in a sarcastic tone, an AK-47 leaning against the wall next to him, he also says, “I know the United States exists, but I don't know which part of the world it is located in, whether in the west or the north, the south or the east.
“I don't know where it is, not to talk of freezing my assets there.”
His comments were a reference to the terrorist designation given to him and two other Nigerians which allows U.S. authorities to seize their assets in the United States.
In June, the U.S. State Department announced the designations for Shekau as well as Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi. Kambar and Barnawi were said to be linked to Boko Haram and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaida's North African branch.
Boko Haram has carried out scores of attacks in Nigeria that have left hundreds dead as part of an increasingly deadly insurgency.