The leader of the ruthless Boko Haram group has resurface again. Abubakar Shekau claimed he is still healthy and hearty amid news that he had died.
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the ruthless Boko Haram terrorist group as resurfaced. News have been going around that Shekaun was dead.
In a recent audio message, Abubakar Shekau says he is alive and still the leader of Islamist sect Boko Haram, denying reports that he has been incapacitated.
Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath. Infidel media published that I’m dead, or sick and can’t speak, this is an utter lie. If this was true how is that I can speak now?
There have been numerous claims by Nigeria’s military that Shekau has been killed over the last few years. Last week Chad’s President Idriss Deby said Shekau was wounded and had been replaced as Boko Haram’s leader.
Shekau also taunted President Muhammadu Buhari, calling him a braggart and a liar.
This ostentatious person, a liar — I mean Buhari, who raised arms to crush us in three months. You Buhari, why didn’t you say in three years?
We will certainly fight you by the grace of Allah until we establish Allah’s law everywhere on Earth.
Some experts and Nigerian security officials insist “Shekau” is a composite character, with different militant fighters stepping into the role at different times.
The original Abubakar Shekau — the son of poor farmers who became radicalised in a series of theological schools before taking over Boko Haram in 2010 — actually died months, or possibly several years ago, they claimed.
However, Shekau has resurface to claim that he is very much alive.