Boko Haram’s Shekau Mocks Nigerian Army In New Video; Says He Is ‘In Good Health’
Abubakar Shekau, the shadowy leader of an Islamic death cult in Nigeria, Boko Haram, has resurfaced in a new video rejecting the Nigerian army’s claim he had been “fatally wounded” in an air strike last month.
The disputed kingpin, who appeared healthy in the video, dated 25 September, mocked the army as he spoke in Arabic, Hausa and the Kanuri language about the missing Chibok girls.
“You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau says during the 40-minute video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.
“Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.”
The Nigerian Army had in August claimed that Shekau had been seriously wounded in the shoulder in an air raid in which several commanders were killed.
Sani Kukasheka Usman, a colonel and acting director of army public relations, said a number of commanders were confirmed dead in the strike, naming them as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, and said Shekau was “believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders”.
The army’s claim was bolstered when Boko Haram released a video on September 13 without Shekau in it.
This is not the first time the military will be reporting the death of the embattled leader of the sect only for him to resurface with a rebuttal.
Meanwhile, the military has yet to comment on the latest video.