In a statement unbecoming of a President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Goodluck Jonathan declared on live TV yesterday, “as the President, I don’t know if he (Abubakar Shekau) is dead or alive. I don’t want to speculate,” he said.
He made this statement during his 5th media chat. Those who interviewed the President includes Nosa Igiebor (TELL), Shola Oshunkeye (SUN), Shehu Dauda (CAPITAL POST), Senami Ohiomokhare (AIT), and Gloria Ume-Ezeoke from CHANNELS TV.
The statement was a direct answer to a question sent in via twitter. The President further said, “I don’t know him (Abubakar Shekau), I have not seen him (Abubakar Shekau) before, you people (media) know him (Abubakar Shekau) more than we do.”
He stated that a presidential amnesty committee was set up to dialogue with the sect, but nobody showed up for any dialogue.
The statement from the president should be a source of concern to all Nigeria as he does not trust briefing from his service chiefs.
The Nigerian military which operates the Joint Task Force mandated to flush out the Boko Haram sect had in August 2013 declared that Abubakar Shekau is dead following a shootout with his members in Maiduguri.
In a press statement on August 19th, 2013, the spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, said: “Intelligence reports available to the Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order, revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorists leader may have died.”
He added: “He died of gunshot wounds received in an encounter with the JTF troops in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on 30 June 2013.
“Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide, a border community in Cameroun, for treatment from which he never recovered from.”
Musa further revealed that Shekau might have died between July 25 and August 3.