Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who has been named as Boko Haram’s new leader, is something of a mystery but here is what we do know:
- He appeared in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as the group’s spokesman
- He wore a turban and his face was blurred out and it was filmed as a sit-down studio interview
- Unlike former leader Abubakar Shekau, his delivery in the Hausa language was considered and softly spoken
- Mr Shekau was often filmed in the open, surrounded by fighters, loudly proclaiming his threats, victories and giving rambling ideological lectures.
- However, Mr Barnawi pulled no punches, warning that towns which resisted Boko Haram in its mission to create an Islamic state would be flattened
- He also spoke of being against democracy and foreign education
- In his most recent magazine interview, he again objected to the name Boko Haram, by which local people call the group, as it means “Western education is forbidden” in Hausa
- He maintained IS was still strong in the region and promised to continue fighting West African governments.