Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Is Dead!
â€œShekau was mortally wounded in the encounter â€” on 30
June, when soldiers raided a Boko Haram base at Sambisa
Forest â€” and was sneaked into Amitchide â€“ a border
community in Cameroon for treatmentâ€¦ It is greatly believed
that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August
2013,â€ Col Musa said.
[BBC, 19th August 2013]October 1st last year, on the US
Intelligence think-tank website, the Council of Foreign
Relations (CFR), an expert on Nigeria, Jacob Zenn writing for
former Ambassador John Campbell, acknowledged imposter
videos of Boko Haram leader Shekau. His words, â€œIn the
August video, the possible look-alikeâ€™s message was similar
to Shekauâ€™s, however, including threats to Obama, Hollande,
But on May 29th of 2013 Abubakar Shekau was said by
France media, to haveâ€¦
Released a video in which he â€˜supported the massacre at a
Nigerian school.â€™ The video was never released but a still
image from the video, seen on the Yahoo hosted news link
below was clearly a Photoshop fabrication, supporting
evidence that imposter videos of Shekau were the new
There have been no new
videos of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau that have
been released through the usual channels to Nigeriaâ€™s media
used prior to his stated death. All new purported videos have
surprisingly come from a single source, France news, and
have been released as 10 second clips, sometimes of old
videos with superimposed vocals. One that was released in
August, which was determined fake, had a rather chubby
â€˜Shekauâ€™ quickly chew his stick as a sort of proof, after
Nigeriaâ€™s security department had presented its conclusions
that a prior release was fake because among other things,
Shekau did not chew his stick. It was likewise just a ten
The most recent video said to have been released by the
same foreign media this February 20th in which the cult
leader was said to have threatened two Nigeria former
presidentâ€™s, Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida, the
Shehu of Borno, Emir of Kano and Nigeriaâ€™s refineries came
from the same single French media source and again, two
days after, the purported video has again not been released
to the public.
The Nigerian media has been rather unprofessional in
relaying messages of alleged videos without first obtaining
copies of the videos to confirm their authenticity. With the
gullibility and eagerness of most Nigerian news websites to
publish transmitted information, the actual videos if existent
are usually never even released and mischievous
misinformation that threatens the sovereignty and security of
Nigeria are easily redistributed for whatever reasons.
Shekau loyalists may be at the head of transmitting these fake
videos and Photoshop images to foreign media.
Unfortunately we cannot rely on foreign media to work in the
best interest of Nigeria, vetting and scrutinizing actual or
purported videos. They too seek relevance and publicity hits.
The duty to clear up the Nigerian media sphere is that of our
indigenous media who need to take a minute longer to
crosscheck reports before releasing these. Every error costs
Boko Haram is a serious and real threat, however media
must be careful not to fall into the hands of agents both local
and foreign who may not have Nigeriaâ€™s best interest at
heart. Essential to combating the threat of terrorism is not
only economic and military approaches, but the media role in
careful dissemination of factual information that does not
further the cause of the terrorists.
It was noted that during the recent attacks on Bama and
Izghe, several leading global media reported the attacks
which claimed mostly Muslim lives, as an attack on a
â€˜Christian farming village that killed dozens of Christians.â€™ This
dangerous misrepresentation of the facts of the attack, which
were later corrected by accurate reports from the ground
and state governor, constitute a threat to Nigeria and careless
provocation toward ethnic tension. Dead victims are dead
innocent victims, and killers are killers. Counting the dead by
religious markers is not a matter of news for civilized
humans and worse yet should not be misreported as
occurred. Nigeriaâ€™s media must watch this, not to be used as
As far as Nigeria is concerned, Abubakar Shekau is dead or
indisposed. If he is still alive, we challenge him to produce a
10 minute, clear video in which he walks, gestures and talks,
as he used to do prior to reports of his death earlier last year.
Shekau should also release this video to multiple sources in
its original form and not through a single foreign channel.
The Nigerian government must take the threat of Boko
Haram terrorism seriously. In May of 2012, the Jonathan
government promised to release the list of Boko Haram
sponsors. This should be done immediately if the safety and
security of Nigerian citizens and military men and women is
a government priority.
Nigeriaâ€™s public needs and demands
regularly updated list of sponsors of terror and wanted
terrorists. Usually the few suspect names ever known are
those released by foreign intel. This is terribly wrong.
The nationâ€™s security department under NSA Sambo Dasuki
must also take it upon itself to fulfill its duties not just in
pursuing terrorists and their sponsors, but in properly,
promptly and adequately informing the general public on
such matters of national security. The war against terror
must be conducted with the people.
Nigeriaâ€™s army needs to receive proper funding and
supervised, audited purchase of military equipment as it is
now evident that the Nigerian army lacks sufficient
equipment to execute its duty, safely and efficiently. The
people are losing faith in the capacity of the government to
protect life as was stated again by the Shehu of Bama.
Hundreds of lives are being massacred, women raped and
homes and businesses burned as Boko Haram terrorists
ravage our border towns patiently in operations that last as
long as 8 hours, like the recent one at Bama and Izghe.
It is also appealed that foreign governments who know
many Boko Haram political and elite sponsors, take decisive
action against them and their investments abroad, in the best
interest of the Nigerian masses who are dangerously
compromised by government inaction.
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