In the audio which lasts for about 82 seconds, Shekau can be heard calling on Allah to shield him and his followers from the attacks by the Nigerian Military troops.
He lamented that because of the heavy fire power by the Nigerian troops, they have not been able to observe the holy month of Ramadan.
In the audio, Shekau’s voice can be heard echoing, probably in a bid to make it sound ‘fearful’.
According to the sect leader: “If it is the devilish act and wickedness [of the Nigerian military], may Allah protect us from their evil. Oh Allah, keep us firm on your religion. We are poor things who know nothing, oh our Lord, Allah.
“We deserted Izala people to practice Your true religion; we abandoned Tijjaniyya people to practice your true religion; we deserted the Shiites to practice your true religion; we forsook our parents, uncles and aunties to practice Your true religion.