There are strong indications emerging in the early hours of today, Thursday claiming that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has finally bowed to the superior force of the Nigerian military.
According to a video published by LeadershipNg, the leader of the nefarious death cult, Shekau, who was rumoured dead, is spotted urging his followers to “surrender to save themselves”.
In the eight-minute video, which is now trending on social media and YouTube, Shekau is seen holding a rifle beside one of the black flags associated with ISIS.
Shekau, who spoke slowly in a mixture of Arabic and the northern Nigerian language Hausa, appeared more frail than in previous videos.
However, a careful look into the speech made by Shekau shows that the message urging the Islamists to lay down their weapons in the video was false.
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Some critics further suggested that a man that wants to surrender would not carry arms on his shoulders as was seen on the video.
It will be recalled, Shekau was last heard from in March 2015, when an audio message attributed to him was released pledging Boko Haram’s allegiance to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), after which it rebranded itself as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).