President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander.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Telegraph, Buhari said that he had received conflicting information on Shekau’s whereabouts, saying that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader.
“I receive conflicting information about the status of Shekau. Some say he has been removed and replaced by a less charismatic terrorist leader.
“I think he must be on the run, because out of the 14 local government districts that Boko Haram used to call their caliphate, they now do not control any now. They are scattered around the Sambisa forest and they have resorted to attacking soft targets, people in churches, mosques and market places, and using improvised explosive devices,” he said.
His remarks comes after the wide belief that Shekau may have been killed by troops since he was last seen in videos in March, 2015. Shekau has also failed to appear in the latest video released by the 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.