The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, after almost a year appeared on video on Thursday.
Abubakar, who said those that pronounced him dead were only rumour monger, said it was time to give up the jihadist struggle as he was set to relinquish his leadership of Boko Haram.
Shekau declared in the Hausa language: “For me, the end has come.
“This is a message of greeting and joy for you to see my face.
“This is my desire: that whoever sees this will hear nothing but greetings between me and you.
“Only Allah knows the rest, as you believed (and) as you submitted.
“For me, the end has come.
“This is only the message I want to send to you for you to understand that this is certainly I.
“This is why I did this.
“May Allah protect us so that no hypocrite stands between us.
“May Allah protect us from the devil so that he doesn’t achieve his evil among us.”
Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwySeuion8E&feature=youtu.be