Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau released a video debunking reports of starvation in the troubled north, where the government says his fighting are dying of hunger.
Nigeria’s military, who had reported twice that Shekau was killed has been combing the Sambisa Forest, the base for Shekau’s faction.
“There is no food that we lack in this forest of Sambisa. It is not true that we have run out of food supply and that we are being killed by hunger,” an unidentified man said in the video.
Most parts of Nothern Nigeria remains under the threat of Boko Haram. The extremist group increased suicide attacks, especially in Bono state.
Nigeria’s Air Force carried out strikes against Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest saying it has reclaimed the territory. The forest was a game reserve for British colonialists before becoming a base for the jihadists.
Boko Haram has killed nearly 20,000 people and forced more than two million to flee as it seeks to enforce strict Islamic law in Africa’s most populous nation.