The highly dreaded leader of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly been shot and deposed by aggrieved members of the sect who are close to him.
“The be-headings, the killings, the recent death of students…this is not the way of the Holy Qu’ran. We could tolerate it no longer.”
Recall that a faction of Boko Haram entered into a back-channel dialogue with the government in the search for peace to a conflict that has seen multiple suicide bombings, attacks on public buildings and churches, and has claimed thousands of lives since 2011.
On why they decided to go against Shekau:
Imam Liman Ibrahim, spiritual leader of Boko Haram, explained that the teaching of Shekau was becoming increasingly harsh and began to depart from the Holy Qu’ran. “It was harsh, harsh, harsh,” Imam Liman said when explaining the reasons for the change of leadership.
“Imam Liman explained that Shekau was given a choice of joining the peace dialogue with the government, forming his own sect or be killed. Several senior Boko Haram commanders including Shekau’s Chief of Security and personal bodyguard, Abdullahi Hassan, have claimed that Shekau has since been shot in the lower leg, thigh and shoulder,” a report said.
The report further added that, “Shekau’s exact fate is not known. [But] a video clip recovered from a Boko Haram camp in the Sambisa Forest Reserve in the northeast Nigeria, raided by the military on May 16, shows Shekau limping, providing confirmation of reports he had been shot.
“However, Shekau has been noticeably absent from recent public statements… It had been presumed that Shekau chose to voluntarily leave peace discussions in the hands of Boko Haram’s leadership group.”
The JAS leadership were quoted as citing the Qu’ran as their inspiration for seeking peace.
It would be recalled that Shekau launched a series of well-planned assassinations and suicide bombings that targeted Police Force headquarters, UN building and several churches in the Northern part of Nigeria.