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Shekau mentally ill, says Nigerian Army

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This screengrab taken on August 8, 2016 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram's shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau as he appeares in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. "I... Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama'atu Ahlissunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria and the whole world," Shekau said in the video released on August 7, 2016, using the group's name since it declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State. / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM AND AFP PHOTO / HO

This screengrab taken on August 8, 2016 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau as he appears in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009.  AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM AND AFP PHOTO / HO

The Nigerian Army has described the embattled leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, as mentally ill following the release of the latest video in which the terror group leader denied claims made by the army that he was seriously injured.

“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorist group leader is mentally sick and unstable,” the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday.

“The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.”

Usman insisted that Shekau was indeed wounded in an air strike in August and the troops in the northeast were doing enough to check the activities of the terror group.

Nigerian authorities have reported him dead several times before, but the army’s latest claim was bolstered when Boko Haram — which pledged allegiance last year to the Islamic State (IS) group — released a video on September 13 without Shekau in it.

However, in the video released Sunday, Shekau points to a date on an Islamic calendar corresponding to September 25, 2016.

Speaking in Hausa, Arabic and English and in dialects spoken in northeast Nigeria, he appears to be in good physical health.

He uses the video to issue threats against President Muhammadu Buhari, who appealed to the United Nations this week for help in negotiating the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants more than two years ago.

“If you want your girls, bring back our brethren,” Shekau said.

But Usman said Nigerian Army was intent on clearing “the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls.”



4 Comments
  • Okoro Tonye

    Has it degenerated to name-calling ? The Nigerian army should perform or keep quiet until it has something tangible to tell us.

  • Comfortkay

    Who are we to believe now shekau is dead, shekau is badly injured and now shekau is metally ill. What is next?

    • Benbella

      He his the New President for the Republic of Nigeria, funny Country with propaganda , the World laughing at Nigerian Army , what a shame , to get him alive or kill him and make sure he his really dead , Hmm something is not wright people of Nigeria

  • olabisisho

    Is it possible to examine or determine Shekau’s mental state or stability in his absence? The Nigerian Army is trying to shave Shekau’s hair in his absence by dignoring him as been mentally ill . The late ,MKO Abiola once said “you cannot shave my hair in my absence”.