Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaces, claims massacre of Nigerian soldiers

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Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau

Leader of militant Islamic group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, on Wednesday put paid to claims by the Nigerian military that he had been killed, disclosing in a new video sent to the media that his group was responsible for the massacre of scores of soldiers in a part of Borno State recently.

In August, the Nigerian military said it might have killed Shekau during a shoot-out. In the video a man believed to be Shekau said the world “should know that he could not die except by the will of Allah”. Other previous reports of his death later proved to be unfounded. Boko Haram, which is fighting to create an Islamic state across Nigeria, has been blamed for many violent attacks which have killed nearly 2,000 people since 2011.

Shekau who appeared in military camouflage uniform, seated and surrounded by hooded insurgents said: “Here I am, alive, hale and hearty. Sagir Musa should bury himself in shame, President Jonathan (of Nigeria) should bury himself in shame, President Obama (of United States of America) should bury himself in shame, and President Francois Hollande (of France) should bury himself in shame, Queen Elizabeth (of England) should bury herself in shame,” he said.

According to Shekau, “They said I am dead, but here I am. The world should know that I am alive and will only die at the appointed time. Everybody should be judged according to the dictates of his conscience. What I am doing is written in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith and I will not stop. I challenge all the clerics of the world to question my deeds. Those underrating my capacity should have a re-think. I will never allow democracy to thrive.

“The concept of Government of the people by the people for the people will never be possible and will never exist. Democracy shall be replaced only by the government of Allah, from Allah and for Allah,” he said.

He said the Nigerian military will never subdue his group. “Nigerian soldiers are late. After killing many of them in Monguno and Benisheik, we have snatched their armoured carriers and Hilux van and then hoisted Islamic flags on them. We now move freely with them,” he said.

BBC Hausa’s Aliyu Tanko says the man’s voice sounds like that of Shekau, and the video emerged from a source previously used by the Boko Haram leader.

Scepticism

On 19 August, the Nigerian military said intelligence suggested it might have killed Mr Shekau between 25 July and 3 August.

It claimed a video apparently showing Mr Shekau and circulated to journalists on 12 August was acted by an impostor.

But hundreds of people wrote in to the BBC’s Hausa social media pages to express their scepticism at the announcement, which coincided with the Nigerian authorities’ launch of a new brigade with special responsibility to tackle Boko Haram.

There was no independent confirmation of the army’s claims.

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Culled from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24274818 with agency reports

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