Nigerians Doubt Reports Of Shekau’s ‘5th Death’, Ask To See Corpse

Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions over the alleged death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.


Shekau had reportedly blown himself up to avoid being captured alive by a rival insurgent group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The report of this death has, however, elicited both doubt and excitement from Nigerians who asked to see his corpse given that the Boko Haram leader had been reported dead several times.

The Nigerian and Chadian forces had at different times in 2009, 2013 and 2014 claimed to have killed Shekau.

Below are some of the reactions to latest reports of the Boko Haram leader’s death.

@OgbeniDapo said, “Abubakar Shekau has reportedly been killed like 4 times before. We want to see his dead body, before he wakes up and makes a crazy video taunting the country and our Army again in 2 weeks. If indeed he is dead, may his soul rot in hell.


@bulamabukarti said, “For those reaching out to me, I’m keeping tabs on the multiple reports that Shekau has been killed by ISWAP. The news is becoming more and more likely, but not yet definitive from my side. If the longest lasting terrorist leader has been killed, that will be a huge turning point”.

@Mohnice said, “So Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed for the 9th time yesterday. No way that guy got 9 lives? No way he is immortal”.

@Mister_Mash said, “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”.

@iamibrahimsabo said, “He got killed but yet they haven’t revealed his corpse… Hmmm wait for another drama oo, in this country ehhn trust nobody and live in peace”.

@Malan_Baffa said, “While we can celebrate the possible killing of Shekau today, we should know that ISWAP had been the real enemy bringing it to our soldiers. They are better trained and much more professional than BH. But they are not as terrible towards civilians as BH have been”.


@Xpsilver said, “ISWAP fighters stormed Sambisa forest, dislodged Boko Haram, forced them to surrender or be killed. Abubakar Shekau whereabout still unknown. ISWAP more deadly than Boko Haram. No wonder Nigeria military all ran away from North to the East. Obodo tipiara-etipia!”


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