Mallam Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist organization who was believed to have been slain is very much alive. Shekau was reported to have appeared in a new video released on Wednesday stating that he is alive and well. The spokesman of the Joint Task Force in Borno State, Lt Col Sagir Musa had issued a statement in which it was made known that the leader of the sect was fatally wounded in a gun battle with military forces late in June.
In the new video, the Boko Haram leader claimed responsibility of Tuesday, 17th September, 2013 attacks in Benisheik, Borno State where over 160 people were either shot dead or slaughtered and hundreds of houses burnt.
Shekau who appeared in military camouflage uniform, seated and surrounded by hooded men said “Here I am, alive, hale and hearty.
Sagir Musa should bury himself in shame, President Jonathan (of Nigeria) should bury himself in shame, President Obama (of United States of America) should bury himself in shame, and President Francois Hollande (of France) should bury himself in shame, Queen Elizabeth (of England) should bury herself in shame. They said I am dead, but here I am. The world should know that I am alive and will only die at the appointed time. Everybody should be judged according to the dictates of his conscience. What I am doing is written in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith and I will not stop. I challenge all the clerics of the world to question my deeds. Those underrating my capacity should have a re-think. I will never allow democracy to thrive.
“The concept of Government of the people by the people for the people will never be possible and will never exist. Democracy shall be replaced only by the government of Allah, from Allah and for Allah,” Shekau boasted.He did not spare Nigerian security forces too, he said “Nigerian soldiers are late. After killing many of them in Monguno and Benisheik, we have snatched their armoured carriers and Hilux van and then hoisted Islamic flags on them. We now move freely with them”
Shekau also accused the military of lying about seizing weapons from his members. He claimed the armed forces were only doing that as a ploy to make the sect show a video that would reveal the type of weapons they have. “We will never show you our weapons and if you want to see, come over here and we will break your heads,” he said.
Military authorities have stated that they are studying the video.