Influential Boko Haram Leader
Abubakar Shekau or “Imam” was born in the North East Nigeria, Shekau village. His age is uncertain—some believes that he is 30 and others say he’s 45. Conspiracy is also an expertise of Shekau. That’s why there is no fixed information about his year of birth.
Some may not be aware but Shekau is an educated man. He studied Islam at Borno State College of Legal & Islamic Studies. He acquired the name, “Darul Tawheed” which means “monotheism expert”. Aside from being knowledgeable, he is also a polyglot or a person who can speak numerous languages. Specifically, he knows about Arabic, Fulani, Hausa, and Kanuri. His group is hesitant on Western-related things so they do not use English. Despite of being a polyglot, Abubakar Shekau is described as a loner because he seldom speaks with the other members.
Shekau is well-recognized by the Nigerians because of being a violent killer. In 2009, he started to take the responsibility of leading Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. The group declined due to the strong government forces of Nigeria.
Abubakar Shekau is considered as a threat master. He is known for kidnapping young people and doing raids on nearby schools. Even the mosques and churches were also targeted by this man with the belief that they are contradicting the Islam. In 2014, Boko Haram created a noise internationally by taking more than 200 schoolgirls. Shekau was seen in a short video where he laughs and admitted the kidnapping of lost schoolgirls. He said that he will marry the girls and sell them as well, with the permission of Allah.
The organization was recorded to end the life of 10,000 innocent people. The group strives to spread violence on the nearby countries. It is feared that Abubakar Shekau had aligned Boko Haram to ISIS, another terrorist group. ISIS members are based on Iraq and Syria. They finally reached Libya and Yemen for influencing merciless deeds. Ahmed Salkida said that Shekau is indeed fearless and very radical.
Dead or alive?
There was once a belief that Shekau was already dead because he was already killed by some security forces. However, the public was shocked when they see Shekau on several videos found on the internet. Those videos were posted less than one year, as he took the position of being Boko Haram’s leader. Different claims regarding his death was found to be merely erroneous.
The reason for Boko Haram’s extreme violence
Muhammad Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, was killed by policemen in 2009. Hundreds of Yusuf’s troop was also killed during the said encounter. Many people believe that the death of many Boko Haram members resulted to the forcefulness of the entire terrorist group.
There is a continuous posting of videos and photos of Shekau online. Consequently, it indicates that he is still active on spreading violence.
Arresting Abubakar Shekau seems to be very essential because US Government provided a big reward, $7 Million in exchange of Shekau’s specific location. Since 2009, government officials never stop searching him. Shekau is truly an elusive man who can hide wherever he wants.