Shekau Appears In New Video, Says He Is Hale And Hearty
The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared in a new video, claiming that he is hale and hearty.
A report by AFP had said that the evasive leader of the sect was injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike while observing prayers in Balla village, some 40 kilometres from Damboa, Borno State last Friday.
The Nigerian army in a statement by the Director of Army of Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman did not categorically say if Shekau was indeed injured, but said it the Nigerian Air Force has been carrying out aerial bombardments which has resulted to quite a number of the terrorists either killed or injured.
But in a 14-minute video, Mr Shakau appeared unperturbed and repeatedly claimed that he was neither attacked not injured in any air strike.
“As I speak, today is Thursday 7th Sha’aban (4th May) around Zuhr prayer. You claimed your jets struck at our gathering while we were praying, killed some of us and injured me near Damboa. I don’t even know the town you mentioned.
“Gather all the photojournalists, the camera men and pressmen you have, let them assess this video to determine if I was wounded.
“But we are not worried. We are making this video to dispel your propaganda. Deceitful people end in shame.
“Earlier you claimed I was in Sambisa, now you said I was near Damboa road. You will never know my location. Allah kept out of sight because I believe in him and doing his biddings.
“Be patient, once my time on earth ends, I will die. Nothing will happen to me.
“To Buhari, Buratai and lawmakers you are shouldering a burden beyond your capacity. Your imagination (on our capacity) is more incredible than the tale of a hawk that lifts an elephant.
“So I’m alive. But if God wills that you will kill me, it is not surprising because many prophets of Allah were killed by infidels. I will be happy to die in the cause of Allah.
“Shekau is alive, Shekau is alive. I have not started killing in the name of religion yet. I will start in future,” he alluded.