Boko Haram leader alive

Despite the claims of the Nigerian army who announced his death in August, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared alive and well in a recently published video message.

Boko Haram leader alive

World Bulletin / News Desk

In mid-August the Nigerian army announced that the leader of Boko Haram had been killed during a gun battle between the rebel group and their forces. However, this announcement was met with much public skepticism as reports claiming that Abubakar Shekau was still alive circulated the country.

The latest video has cast further doubt over official reports, as Abubakar Shekau appeared to be alive and well, exclaiming that no one could kill him except ‘by the will of Allah.’ He also claimed responsibility for the attack on Benisheik on 17 September, which left as many as 160 people dead.

Boko Haram has been fighting against the secular government of Nigeria since the year 2011, and has been blamed for over 2,000 deaths in the country since then. In the video he stated, ‘The concept of the 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."

Furthermore, he dared Muslim scholars to challenge his actions, which has received much criticism from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Although the man in the video looks and sounds very much like Abubakar Shekau, some skeptics believe the man in the video is an imposter. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Eylül 2013, 14:30

Muhammed Öylek