A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.
The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.
|Abubakar Shekau, I think.|
The video also shows the man claiming to be Shekau, standing on the back of a truck while shooting an anti-aircraft weapon into the air.
While the date or authenticity of the video is yet to be confirmed, it will be another embarrassment to the Nigerian government who last week claimed that the man posing as Shekau had been killed.
That announcement came after they reported last August that the real Abubakar Shekau had been killed by Nigerian forces.
The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.
Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.
Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.
Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.
|Some of the abducted Chibok girls|
A statement released by the DHQ said: "As far as we are concerned, the individual who was appearing in video and claiming to be the leader of the terrorist group was killed in the Kondunga battle in September.”
Maybe they have really, really good animators in the Sambisa Forest? Or maybe Shekau was resurrected from the dead? Or maybe it was not Shekau at all? Maybe there never was a Shekau? Maybe it was the Dread Pirate Roberts?