On Sunday, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari said that Boko haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau is ‘ wounded’ .
The harm of Abubakar Shekau was first claimed by Nigeria’s armed forces, who said that he was injured during an air strike on Boko Haram’s stronghold. This was President Buhari’s first statement regarding the death of Shekau which the military claimed on Tuesday.
“We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded,” Buhari said in a statement from Nairobi, where he is attending a development conference. “Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem,” Buhari said. “They are not holding any territory and they have split
“Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem,” Buhari said, they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets,” Buhari said.
Buhari’s statement supports the claim by the Islamic State(IS) that Boko Haram is now led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Al-Barnawi is said to be the 22-year-old son of Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. However, a new video emerged showing Abubakar Shekau stating that he was still in charge.
Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic state in 2015, which the later accepted.
The President was speaking from Nairobi where he’s attending the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. President Buhari also added that he “is prepared to talk to bona fide leaders of Boko Haram” for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.
A few weeks ago Boko Haram released a video where the Chibok girls were used as a bargaining chip. The sect requested the release of arrested Boko Haram soldiers for the return of the Chibok girls.