‘Shekau lost one of his life again’ - Nigerians React To The News Of Shekau’s Death

May 20, 2021

‘Shekau lost one of his life again’ - Nigerians React To The News Of Shekau’s Death

Social media users have been reacting to unverified reports which claimed that Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, has been killed.

The reports which emanated on Thursday morning, May 20, claimed that after a gun battle, Shekau surrendered to the ISWAP fighters and was asked to pledge allegiance to ISWAP’s authority. 

The account stated that while the ISWAP delegation expected Shekau to issue a statement, the factional Boko Haram leader who secretly had a suicide vest on eventually blew himself up alongside everyone present during the negotiations. 

Another account alleged that a rival terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), invaded Shekau’s stronghold in Sambisa Forest and killed him.

Both unverified reports have sparked massive reactions on Twitter. While many are excited over the news, some other Twitter users are yet to decide their stand, at least until the news is verified.

Check out some of the reactions below:

@naeeemah_ -  'Shekau lost one of his life again'

@timiPR - 'Is Shekau a name or a title?? Cos I don’t understand how our army keep killing the character. Has he been reincarnating or something??'

@Mohnice_ - 'So Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed for the 9th time yesterday. No way that guy got 9 lives ? No way he is imortalFace with tears of joy'

@Sonjoe_Kutuh - 'This Shekau be like traditional title, cus dem don k!ll like 9 Shekaus.'

@Osi_Suave - 'Omo 

Be like say shekau Don collect o. 

But we now have a fierce enemy in Iswap'

Mister_Mash - '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.'

@Omojuwa - 'If you are sad about Shekau’s death, hiding your sadness under one agenda or the other, please accept my condolences. And if the death of terrorists makes you sad, more condolences to you in the coming days and years, by God’s grace!'

@bulamabukarti - '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.'

@ManLikeIcey - 'Nigerian Army have murdered Shekau ?? If this is true, then it’s good news.'

This isn't the first time the news of Shekau's death is making news. In 2009, it was reported that Shekau was killed during clashes between Nigeria's security forces and Boko Haram.

In September 2014, the Nigerian army stated that Shekau has been killed, this time by the Cameroonian military, during a Boko Haram attempt to capture Kodunga, a small village north of Maiduguri.

In August 2015, Chadian President Idriss Deby asserted that Boko Haram had been decapitated and Shekau replaced by a new leader.

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