‘Shekau Has Been Killed 44 Times’ – Nigerians React To Rumoured Death Of Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau
Nigerians have gone berserk over the unverified news that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been killed.
In the early hours of Thursday, May 20, reports came in that the leader of the Boko Haram faction in Sambisa Forest has been killed by the rival terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
In other news which speculated on social media disclosed that Shekau conceded defeat and was asked to pledge allegiance to ISWAP after a gun duel.
According to the account, the ISWAP delegation expected Shekau to release a declaration, but the factional Boko Haram representative, who was secretly wearing a suicide vest, blew himself up alongside everyone present during the talks.
However, both unverified accounts about the incident said that Abubakar Shekau died, eliciting widespread outrage on Twitter.
Although some Nigerians were surprised by the news, others said they did not believe them until they were confirmed.
Read on for some reactions:
Cinderella Man said:
”Omo Be like say shekau Don collect o. But we now have a fierce enemy in Iswap.”
Daddy D said:
”If shekau was truly killed, it is great news but you know what would be more satisfying though, him being captured and dragged through every village, city and town him and his terrorist underlings have destroyed in the course of this insurgency then shot on live TV.”
Shekau has been “killed” too many times for me to just believe an unconfirmed report. When it is confirmed, I’d celebrate to the high heavens until then I’d hold on to the hope that he is mortal and would die someday.”
S_Deen IBN Idris stated:
”Breaking news: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed for the 44th times yesterday.”
UNCLE DEJI said:
”The End of Era. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. May His wicked soul rot in the deepest part of hell. Meanwhile the fierce battle has just begun… #SheKau”