I’m alive: Boko Haram chief

Abubakar Shekau, Pic credit-reuters

Abubakar Shekau says he is alive and still the leader of Islamist sect Boko Haram, denying reports he is dead, according to a new audio message quoted on social media on Sunday. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the audio message. Social media feed of jihad monitoring site Site Intelligence quoted a new audio message released from Shekau denying reports that he is unable to serve as leader.

There have been several claims by Nigeria’s military that Shekau has been killed over the last few years, but he keeps resurfacing in new videos or it could be “impostors” posing with the same name, security sources have said.

Last week Chad’s President Idriss Deby said Boko Haram leader Shekau was wounded and has been replaced as leader by Mahamoud Daoud, adding that Shekau went to Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, after he was wounded.

Deby said the new Boko Haram leader, whom little is known about, was open to the idea of talks with Abuja.

“Infidel media published that I’m dead, or sick and can’t speak, this is an utter lie,” Rita Katz, director of Site Intelligence posted on her social media site quoting Shekau as saying to ISIS leader, Baghdadi.

“If this was true how is that I can speak now?” the message said.

Shekau’s last video appearance was in February, when a person claiming to be him – analysts believe he may have been impersonated – threatened to disrupt Nigeria’s presidential elections held the following month.

The group has released at least five videos since then, but Shekau has not appeared in any of them.

Suspected members of the militant group Boko Haram have killed more than 600 people in Africa’s most populous nation in a spate of bombings and shootings since Buhari was inaugurated as president on May 29, according to a Reuters tally. – Reuters.


  1. Evil personified! Evil cannot deliver goodness. A mad man cannot bring sanity or create fairness or be a messenger of good news. One only has to observe his mannerisms this speaks volumes. A despicable human being if in deed he is human and not created by evil and for the purpose of evil.

  2. His fight against the politicians could be justified but for me,he messes up the moment he begins to harm innocent civilians especially women and children.So Shekur boyi if you’re reading this comment please just kill the politicians if possible finish them and consider going global(international) with your op’s but please boyi twapapata,leave out the innocent people especially those 200 girls you stole from that school.And also stop killing bana maliketi at the markets.

    • you cannot reason with evil and expect goodness to flow from this person. Evil does not exist by having morals. It is for this reason he has an army of people who are not able to think for themselves. They do not use their intellect but are debase and function from the lower self, that is why they capture young girls, boys, older women, kill innocents, rape and pillage, divide families, create heart ache – look to the Middle East ISIS and BOKO Haram are one and the same thing. One cannot bargain with Satan one would be a fool to even contemplate this.

    • In my journey through life I have learnt to respect other peoples opinion.I therefore take this as your well informed opinion and hence respect it.No individual is an entire oasis of knowledge and wisdom but what’s important is getting the debate started and going.In the multitude of such debates lies the solution and its good also for a democratic dispensation.