A man purporting to be the leader of Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram has threatened to step up violence in neighbouring Cameroon unless it scraps its constitution and embraces Islam, Reuters reports.
The video posted online this week shows a man who looks like the group's head, Abubakar Shekau, but is filmed from a distance at different angles.
The group, which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds in its bid to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, had also targeted Cameroon over the past year. At least 15 people were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on a bus in northern Cameroon on New Year's day.
The latest message is addressed to Cameroon President Paul Biya.
"I advise you to desist from following your constitution and democracy, which is unIslamic," the man says, reading from a script.
"The only language of peace is to repent and follow Allah, but if you do not then we will communicate it to you through the language of violence," he adds.
It was not possible to verify the video independently. It was done in the style of most of Boko Haram's releases, with Shekau, or his lookalike, standing in the middle of a patch of sandy bush surrounded by the masked men with AK-47s and four-wheel-drive vehicles with guns mounted on them.