Will This Be The Final Fall Of ‘Almighty’ Abubakar Shekau?


Abubakar Shekau is Nigeria’s most wanted man. Current report says that the terrorist has been severely injured by airstrikes in Sambisa forest.

Shekau has been the leader of the West African terrorist group, Boko Haram. This was until the obvious split in the group over the mantle of leadership. A while ago, ISIS named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the current leader of Boko Haram.

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Abu Musab al-Barnawi is said to be the son of the founding leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed in police custody in 2009.

Regardless of the official announcement of Abu Musab al-Barnawi as his replacement by ISIS, Shekau still adamantly runs the show.

The just injured terrorist has proven to be unbendable on several occasions. A couple of times it was reported that the Boko Haram leader was killed but he always bounces back making mockery of the claims.

The Boko Haram group keeps splitting into factions. The latest unresolved issue on the leadership of the extremist group is speculated to be the height of all other disputes that has emanated from the group.

As a further sign of improvement in fighting them off, the Nigerian Army reports that they have succeeded in killing most of the leaders of the Islamic group.

In the most recent clash of the Nigerian army and the group, the army says that Abubakar Shekau’s shoulder was seriously injured by airstrikes on Friday.

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The Army frontman says that the clash happened when the terrorist group gathered for their traditional Friday prayers. According to him, warplanes struck the Islamic militants at a village in Sambisa forest in Borno State North-east of Nigeria.

On the other hand, the US diplomat and Secretary of State currently in Nigeria urged the government to get to the root of Boko Haram.

In his words:

“Building public trust in government also requires cooperation from the military and law enforcement. Extremism can’t be defeated through repression or fear.”