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Friday, 2 August 2013
Leader of Boko Haram, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, shot and deposed
The leader of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, was allegedly shot and replaced by members of his own sect, Boko Haram.
A new leader appointed by the group’s Shura Council, Abu Zamira Mohammed, who is already negotiatng with the federal government has replaced shekau. Hopefully this new leadership will result in complete cease fire from the group who is claiming it was not behind the Yobe massacre where 40 students were killed, adding that some politicians now commit murder and blame BH for it.
The spiritual leader of Boko Haram, Imam Liman Ibrahim, said that Shekau was becoming increasingly harsh and began to depart from the Holy Qu’ran explaining the reasons for the change of leadership. Iman Liman was quoted as saying
“The beheadings, the killings, the recent death of students … this is not the way of the Holy Qu’ran. We could tolerate it no longer. Shekau was given a choice of joining the peace dialogue with the Nigerian government, forming his own sect or being killed. 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".
Another quote said, "President Jonathan declared a state of emergency on May 14 and launched a military offensive that has seen some successes. But reprisal attacks by Boko Haram, including the freeing of 105 of their members from prison, indicate that without a peace deal, Boko Haram has the resources to continue the fight,”