Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, for mobilising support against the sect.
In well publicised statements, Sanusi asked Kano State residents as well as vigilantes, to arm and defend themselves against future terrorist attacks following a recent attack on the Kano Central Mosque.
The latest threat was contained in a video posted on youtube and viewed on Wednesday by our correspondent.
Shekau condemned Sanusi and adherents of most Islamic sects, describing them as infidels who have abandoned the Islamic doctrine. He said they should be ready to repent and practise Islam as preached by his sect, or be ready to face the consequences.
Shekau said, “Before I start talking to my brothers who believed in me and the religion of Allah, not the religion of democracy, not that of western education, those who believed in the religion of the Quran not that of the constitution and not religion of the Emir of Kano.
“We do not practise the religion of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, not the religion of Jonathan, not the religion of Obasanjo, not the religion of Atiku, not the religion of Babangida, not the religion of Obama, not the religion of Bush, not the religion of Clinton, but the religion of Allah.
“Now listen to me Emir of Kano. I am talking to you and only you because of your recent utterances. Let me inform you now that you are late (dead), you should know that you are only the King of Kano, King of Central Bank, King of money, you are only Sanusi Lamido.”
Shekau said his group would continue to fight and kill local vigilantes, hunters, and all those who oppose the teachings of the sect.
He also said, “Emir of Kano Sanusi, you are late, that our triumph is just for a period of time so you said. Even your predecessors who are renowned idol worshippers in Islamic history like ‘Abujahal’ could not succeed in fighting Islam.
“Yes, you can say that our success is for a period of time, because you are a king of Bank and a loyal citizen of your country.
“Because you are made the Emir of Kano, that is why you got angry and was calling on the vigilante groups and hunters to attack us. Let me tell you that the hunters and the vigilante groups will fail and you will also fail.”
Shekau condemned all other Islamic sects in the country, calling them pagans.
He said the Izala, Tijjaniyya, Qadiriyya and Shiite Islamic groups were pagans and his group would continue to kill their followers.
The Boko Haram leader also condemned the government of Saudi Arabia, saying that all infidels would perish in hell.
“We will kill you people, we will capture hostages and keep selling them,” he said.
The Boko Haram leader said he (Shekau) was human, adding that “It is Allah that is supreme and even if there is no war, members of my sect and I will die.”
He said they were ready to die and go and rest in heaven.
Over 100 people died in the Kano Central Mosque attack which was believed to have been targeted at the Kano emir.
The Emir, who had travelled out of Nigeria at the time, visited the mosque on his return, and re-affirmed his vow that the Kano people would not bow to the Boko Haram’s threats.