Last month it was reported that Nigeria soldiers killed Boko Haram terrorist group leader Abubakar Shekau during a gun battle. From a new video obtained by AFP on Thursday, it shows that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is still alive.
The new 36-minute video showed Shekau, in combat fatigues and black rubber boots, standing on the back of a pick-up truck and firing an anti-aircraft gun into the air. Standing in front of three camouflaged vans and flanked by four heavily armed, masked fighters, he then speaks for 16 minutes in Arabic and the Hausa language.
“Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” Shekau said, adding that his group was “running our… Islamic caliphate” and administering sharia punishments."
"Nothing will kill me until my days are over... I'm still alive. Some people asked you if Shekau has two souls. No, I have one soul, by Allah," he said, apparently reading from a script. "It is propaganda that is prevalent. I have one soul. I'm an Islamic student. "I'm the Islamic student whose seminary you burnt... I'm not dead," he added.
There was no indication of where or when the video was shot. Elsewhere in the new video, the militant leader said the group had implemented strict Islamic law in the towns that it had captured in recent weeks. "We are running our caliphate, our Islamic caliphate. We follow the Koran... We now practise the injunctions of the Koran in the land of Allah," he said.
Meanwhile, Nigeria military are already requesting for the $7 million reward placed on Abubakar Shekau from the US government in 2012 for anyone who could provide information leading to his arrest or killing. Now we know why all the sudden death claims..