Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Is Dead!

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“Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter — on 30

June, when soldiers raided a Boko Haram base at Sambisa

Forest — and was sneaked into Amitchide – a border

community in Cameroon for treatment… It is greatly believed

that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August

2013,” Col Musa said.

[BBC, 19th August 2013]October 1st last year, on the US

Intelligence think-tank website, the Council of Foreign

Relations (CFR), an expert on Nigeria, Jacob Zenn writing for

former Ambassador John Campbell, acknowledged imposter

videos of Boko Haram leader Shekau. His words, “In the

August video, the possible look-alike’s message was similar

to Shekau’s, however, including threats to Obama, Hollande,

and Netanyahu.”

But on May 29th of 2013 Abubakar Shekau was said by

France media, to have…

Released a video in which he ‘supported the massacre at a

Nigerian school.’ The video was never released but a still

image from the video, seen on the Yahoo hosted news link

below was clearly a Photoshop fabrication, supporting

evidence that imposter videos of Shekau were the new

norm:

There have been no new

videos of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau that have

been released through the usual channels to Nigeria’s media

used prior to his stated death. All new purported videos have

surprisingly come from a single source, France news, and

have been released as 10 second clips, sometimes of old

videos with superimposed vocals. One that was released in

August, which was determined fake, had a rather chubby

‘Shekau’ quickly chew his stick as a sort of proof, after

Nigeria’s security department had presented its conclusions

that a prior release was fake because among other things,

Shekau did not chew his stick. It was likewise just a ten

second clip.

The most recent video said to have been released by the

same foreign media this February 20th in which the cult

leader was said to have threatened two Nigeria former

president’s, Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida, the

Shehu of Borno, Emir of Kano and Nigeria’s refineries came

from the same single French media source and again, two

days after, the purported video has again not been released

to the public.

The Nigerian media has been rather unprofessional in

relaying messages of alleged videos without first obtaining

copies of the videos to confirm their authenticity. With the

gullibility and eagerness of most Nigerian news websites to

publish transmitted information, the actual videos if existent

are usually never even released and mischievous

misinformation that threatens the sovereignty and security of

Nigeria are easily redistributed for whatever reasons.

Shekau loyalists may be at the head of transmitting these fake

videos and Photoshop images to foreign media.

Unfortunately we cannot rely on foreign media to work in the

best interest of Nigeria, vetting and scrutinizing actual or

purported videos. They too seek relevance and publicity hits.

The duty to clear up the Nigerian media sphere is that of our

indigenous media who need to take a minute longer to

crosscheck reports before releasing these. Every error costs

lives.

Boko Haram is a serious and real threat, however media

must be careful not to fall into the hands of agents both local

and foreign who may not have Nigeria’s best interest at

heart. Essential to combating the threat of terrorism is not

only economic and military approaches, but the media role in

careful dissemination of factual information that does not

further the cause of the terrorists.

It was noted that during the recent attacks on Bama and

Izghe, several leading global media reported the attacks

which claimed mostly Muslim lives, as an attack on a

‘Christian farming village that killed dozens of Christians.’ This

dangerous misrepresentation of the facts of the attack, which

were later corrected by accurate reports from the ground

and state governor, constitute a threat to Nigeria and careless

provocation toward ethnic tension. Dead victims are dead

innocent victims, and killers are killers. Counting the dead by

religious markers is not a matter of news for civilized

humans and worse yet should not be misreported as

occurred. Nigeria’s media must watch this, not to be used as

tools.

As far as Nigeria is concerned, Abubakar Shekau is dead or

indisposed. If he is still alive, we challenge him to produce a

10 minute, clear video in which he walks, gestures and talks,

as he used to do prior to reports of his death earlier last year.

Shekau should also release this video to multiple sources in

its original form and not through a single foreign channel.

The Nigerian government must take the threat of Boko

Haram terrorism seriously. In May of 2012, the Jonathan

government promised to release the list of Boko Haram

sponsors. This should be done immediately if the safety and

security of Nigerian citizens and military men and women is

a government priority.

Nigeria’s public needs and demands

regularly updated list of sponsors of terror and wanted

terrorists. Usually the few suspect names ever known are

those released by foreign intel. This is terribly wrong.

The nation’s security department under NSA Sambo Dasuki

must also take it upon itself to fulfill its duties not just in

pursuing terrorists and their sponsors, but in properly,

promptly and adequately informing the general public on

such matters of national security. The war against terror

must be conducted with the people.

Nigeria’s army needs to receive proper funding and

supervised, audited purchase of military equipment as it is

now evident that the Nigerian army lacks sufficient

equipment to execute its duty, safely and efficiently. The

people are losing faith in the capacity of the government to

protect life as was stated again by the Shehu of Bama.

Hundreds of lives are being massacred, women raped and

homes and businesses burned as Boko Haram terrorists

ravage our border towns patiently in operations that last as

long as 8 hours, like the recent one at Bama and Izghe.

It is also appealed that foreign governments who know

many Boko Haram political and elite sponsors, take decisive

action against them and their investments abroad, in the best

interest of the Nigerian masses who are dangerously

compromised by government inaction.


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