After over seven months of silence, self-acclaimed leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau has resurfaced in a new propaganda video, saying he is alive and providing encouragement for his fighters who have been under heavy pressure from regional forces.
In the seven-minute video released on Thursday, a weak Abubakar Shekau appears in a military fatigue with a rifle resting on his left shoulder and said he wanted to thank his followers for their dedication.
What he said in both Hausa and Arabic roughly translates to: “I have done my part. This message is just to reassure you that I’m alive and actually the one speaking to you.”
Nigerian forces have continued to insist that the real Shekau has been killed about two years ago when troops raided one of the strongholds of the terror group.