Boko Haram has no leader, and that’s very bad news for Nigeria
Shekau was last heard from in March 2015 when the sect pledged its allegiance to Middle Eastern counterpart, the Islamic State.
Shekau was last heard from in March 2015 when the sect pledged its allegiance to Middle Eastern counterpart the Islamic State.
Since then Boko Haram has released two videos, one in June and another in August, but there was no sign of Shekau.
Instead, seen in the videos speaking for the group is a more reserved and much younger man who doesn’t quite convey the extent of Boko Haram’s evil power like Shekau did.
The Boko Haram leader had been reported dead so many times that it became difficult to believe that he could be annihilated.
However, it seems that Shekau has finally been put out of circulation, one way or another.
Instead of this being good news however, it is bad, very bad news for Nigeria.
This is because a sect without a leader is one without organization or unity. This means that Boko Haram is currently fragmented.
The problem with this is that each fragment is likely to develop its own set of goals and desires which might be worse than those of the original Boko Haram.
Each fragment is likely to have its own leader, some maybe even more dreadful than Shekau.
The worst part of it all is that the proposed negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram would be impossible to hold with all the different fragments.
A scattered group is a vulnerable one but it’s a potential threat that needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand.
The Nigerian government needs to step up its efforts to eradicate the remainder of what was once Boko Haram before each splinter group gathers the strength to become even more powerful than the original one was.
Watch video of Shekau preaching in captured territory below:
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