President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader has been badly wounded in an airstrike
“We learnt that in an airstrike by the Nigeria air force he was wounded,” Buhari said, at adevelopment conference in Nairobi.
“Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem,” Buhari said, adding, “They are not holding any territory and they have split into small groups attacking soft targets.”
Last week, Nigeria’s armed forces said Shekau was badly wounded in an airstrike on Boko Haram’s forest stronghold. The Nigerian army released no further statement or evidence confirming his condition.
Buhari said Shekau had been “edged out” of the group.
In early August, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group(ISIS) purportedly appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, its Nigeria-based affiliate.
According to ISIS-linked media, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a former spokesman for Boko Haram, has replaced Shekau, who had been in charge since 2009.
Shekau later released an audio message saying, “People should know we are still around,” apparently defying Daesh and the decision to oust him.
Boko Haram started a campaign of militancy in Nigeria in 2009 with the aim of toppling the central government.