Boko Haram Leader “Still in Charge”

Boko Haram Leader “Still in Charge”Boko Haram Leader “Still in Charge”

Abubakar Shekau says he is alive and still the leader of Boko Haram extremist group, denying reports he is dead, according to a new audio message quoted on social media on Sunday.

Social media affiliated to the militant group quoted a new audio message released from Shekau denying reports that he is unable to serve as leader, Reuters reported.

“Infidel media published that I’m dead, or sick and can’t speak; this is an utter lie.” Rita Katz, director of Site Intelligence posted on her social media site quoting Shekau as saying to Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“If this was true, how is that I can speak now?” message signed as IS head of West Africa Province.

Shekau’s last video appearance was in February, when a person claiming to be him threatened to disrupt Nigeria’s presidential elections held the following month.

There have been several claims by Nigeria’s military that Shekau was killed over the last few years but he keeps resurfacing in new videos or it could be “impostors” posing with the same name, security sources have said.

Last week, Chad’s President Idriss Deby said Shekau was wounded and was replaced as leader by Mahamoud Daoud, adding that Shekau went to Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, after he was wounded.