ABUBAKAR SHEKAU: THE MAN BEHIND BOKO HARAM – BBC
Jamatul Ahlis Sunnah Lil Daawatil Jihad claimed it is a group engaged in the propagation of Islam In Nigeria. However, the group has untold damages to thousand of Nigerians leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties. The man at the helm of affairs directing this attacks is known as Abubakar Shekau, who took over leadership of the group from the founder and former leader of the group, Muhammed Yusuf who was extra judiciously killed by security forces. BBC profiles this man- Abubakar Shekau below.
(BBC) The leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is said to be a fearless loner, a complex, paradoxical man – part intellectual, part gangster. Fondly called imam or leader by his followers, Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was born in Shekau village in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Yobe. Some say he is 34 or 35, others that he may be 43 – the uncertainty adds to the myths surrounding Nigeria’s most wanted man.
It is a chilling account of the man, who once said “I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill – the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams,” after a bombing in Kano.
Mr Shekau is said to have met his predecessor in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State and now Boko Haram’s headquarters, through a mutual friend, Mamman Nur. Nigeria’s authorities say Mr Nur masterminded the August 2011 bombing of the UN office complex in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. All three were theology students – and Mr Shekau was seen as the quietest and perhaps the most radical of them.
“He hardly talks, he is fearless,” says Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with such good access to Boko Haram that, at one stage, he was suspected of being a member. He says he only escaped summary execution by Maiduguri police after an intelligence officer intervened. “He is one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your belief,” Mr Salkida says. Mr Shekau is fluent in his native Kanuri, Hausa and Arabic languages – he does not speak English.