Boko Haram’s elusive leader Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message on Thursday he is around despite his reported ouster as leader of the Nigeria-based jihadist group by the Islamic State (IS).
“People should know we are still around,” Shekau said in a 10-minute audio message. The Islamic State named Abu Musab al-barnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram on Wednesday. It is not clear what would or has become of Abubakar Shekau, who had led the terrorist group since its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed in 2009.
Boko Haram had pledged allegiance to ISIS early 2015. However, not much had been heard from Shekau since then. He last appeared in a video amid speculation that he had been killed, declaring that the end had come for him.
“For me the end has come,” he had said in the video, which was subdued compared to his other videos in which he bragged and taunted the Nigerian government. Under his leadership, the group had carried attacks in several states in the North East, killing thousands and displacing millions of Nigerians…Read more