MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) — Boko Haram released an audio clip online March 7 pledging allegiance to ISIS. The audio featured statements by Boko Haram caliph Abubakar Shekau. The extremist group’s pledge to follow ISIS has psychological, financial and tactical implications, putting the African terrorists in a subservient role intended to increase funding from the Middle East, Nigeria relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku said. Ojutiku said,
“Even though ISIS has maintained a strong communication relationship with, as well as logistical support of Boko Haram, it has shied away from being publicly associated with Boko Haram. The recent pledge to subserve the Boko Haram … Caliphate to the ISIS Caliphate is to finally acquiesce to the existing psychological inferiority of Boko Haram, in exchange for ISIS support, in a master-servant relationship.”
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