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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Boko Haram Insurgency:Abubakar Shekau claiming to be alive


Another video has emerged purportedly showing the factional leader of the insurgent Boko Haram group Abubakar Shekau claiming to be alive and in good health.

however, the military says the video recording is mere ranting by a man they describe as 'mentally sick and unstable'.



A man claiming to be Shekau appeared healthy in the video, speaking in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri languages.

It is not clear when it was recorded, but the Islamic State terror group, to which Boko Haram has pledged allegiance, had announced that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab Albarnawi .

But Shekau has challenged the I.S., insisting that he was still in charge.

Albarnawi, who was the group’s former spokesman, is said to be less aggressive in his operations, compared to Shekau who is mostly seen taunting the government as well as loudly proclaiming threats in his videos.

Major General Lucky Irabor during a tour of Adamawa State as part of the formations under his command earlier in September, had claimed that Shekau had indeed been killed.

However, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, has described the video as mere propaganda and a show of desperation by the group.

He said that the video has confirmed earlier suspicion that the purported factional sect leader is mentally ill and unstable.

The Army also assured the public that they should not be bothered by the content of the video clip and reaffirmed the military’s resolve to clear out the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage, especially the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

However, he noted that a window still exists for the repentant militants who are willing to lay down their arms and adhere to the rule of law.

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