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Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau denies being replaced

from BBC
Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau

 ( 17, 2015)-An audio message, in which Nigerian-based Islamist militant group, Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, has denied being replaced, has emerged.

In the message, addressed to the leader of the Islamic State militant group to whom Boko Haram has pledged allegiance, Mr Shekau said he was still in command.

He had not featured in the group's recent videos, prompting speculations he had been killed or incapacitated.

Last week, the President of Chad said Mr Shekau had been replaced.

The Nigerian army has dismissed the recording as irrelevant, saying it did not matter whether Mr Shekau was alive, or dead.

Mr Shekau described as "blatant lies" reports that he was no longer in charge of Boko Haram.

"I am alive," he said, adding: "I will only die when the time appointed by Allah comes."

The eight-minute-long recording mocked a recent statement by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, that Boko Haram would be eliminated within three month period.


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