Boko Haram leader may have been replaced - Buhari

2016-02-09 12:43
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau. (File, AP)

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander.

Speaking during an interview with British publication The Telegraph, Buhari said that he had received conflicting information on the militant leader's whereabouts, saying that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader.

Buhari's remarks comes at a time when it is widely believed that Shekau may have been wounded or killed in one of the Nigerian military's many raids on Boko Haram territory.

According to Nigerian website Naij, Shekau's voice was last heard in an audio message dated March 7 2015, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

Shekau has also failed to appear in the latest video released by the Nigerian militant group, prompting many to believe that he may be dead.

Meanwhile, Buhari also expressed concern over the looming threat of Islamic militants taking over parts of the continent.

He said he had since  reached out to Western countries for military assistance, but refused to reveal any further details.

Read more at The Telegraph

Read more on:    boko haram  |  muhammadu buhari  |  abubakar shekau  |  insurgency

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.