A non-verified audio message that has purportedly come from an ISIS spokesman has revealed that the group has accepted the recent pledge of allegiance from Nigerian-based Boko Haram.
The pledge according to the audio tape reveals was accepted by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The 28-minute message, which cannot be independently authenticated by experts was posted online by ISIS supporters.
The message says that the caliphate, or Islamic State, has expanded to western Africa and congratulated “our jihadi brothers” there.
The spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, encourages people to join fighters in Africa if they cannot make it to Iraq or Syria.
It would be recalled that Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in an audio message last week announced that the Islamist terror group was going to ally with ISIS.
A terror expert based in Nigeria, Jacob Zenn, had told CNN last week that the alliance would make sense for both groups.
“Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands,” Zenn said.
“It will also get guidance from ISIS in media warfare and propaganda. Previously Boko Haram was a sort of outcast in the global Jihadi community.
Now it is perhaps ISIS’s biggest affiliate.
“ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.”