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"Slain" Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces

25 September 2013, 21:11

Abuja -  Abubakar Shekau, the sly Boko Haram sect leader the military claimed to have died in a shootout and sect members said they had deposed, has resurfaced.

The militant leader has resurfaced in a video sent to journalists where he threatened to continue spearheading terror acts.

In the latest video mailed from Maiduguri, Shekau said he remained invincible and mocked world leaders including United States President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

In the video, Shekau who spoke in Hausa, laughed off reports of his demise.

"The world should know that I cannot die except by the will of Allah. I have told you that all that I do is prescribed by the Quran. The essence of it is to carry out the injunctions. Don't bother yourselves stopping me because I cannot be stopped. The war is more grievous than you think, and it will consume you,” he said.

"I swear by Allah that there will be no democracy in Nigeria. We are going to rise against it and we shall soon defeat it, the concept of government of the people by the people, for the people cannot continue to exist. It shall soon, very soon, be replaced by 'Government of Allah, by Allah for Allah'."

He added, "It was said that I was killed, but here I am. I deliberately refused to respond on time but here I am talking and laughing at Nigerian authorities that misled the world that I am dead. I believe by now Lt Col Sagir Musa, who issued the statement of my death, should bury his head in shame.

"President Jonathan should bury his head in shame. President Barrack Obama should bury his head in shame and President François Hollande should bury his head in shame." 

He further mocked, "How shameful is it for Nigerian military for a man they called inconsequential to defeat them and seize their tankers and arms. We have celebrated our victory in Monguno, Benisheikh and surrounding villages, and we shall not relent until total victory comes our way, by Allah's will."

In the video, the leader of the sect is seen surrounded by dozens of his lieutenants all dressed in military camouflage. The current video was believed to have been recorded in a bush as birds were chirping in the background.

Until he was declared dead, Shekau was in the list of terrorists the Nigerian Government wanted.

A bounty of N50 million was offered for his captures while the US offered $7 million.

In August, the military in Borno state issued a statement that Shekau may have been mortally injured in a military shootout in June and later died somewhere in Cameroon.

– CAJ News



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