What we know about Boko Haram’s new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi

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'Cheap propaganda'

"The Nigerian government has described as cheap propaganda the report that ISIS has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, saying it is too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated Nigerian terrorist organization," a statement released by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said in a reaction to the report of a new leader for Boko Haram.

'Local franchise'

Separately, Ekhomu, the President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, said Al-Barnawi's appointment as Boko Haram leader was a dangerous development in the ongoing war against terrorism in the country.

In an interview he granted Al-Naba Newspaper, which was translated by SITE Intelligence Group, Al-Barnawi was reported as describing Boko Haram's activities in Nigeria as a war fought by Muslims against "apostates" and "crusaders."

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