Who is the real Abubakar Shekau (aka Abu Muhammad Abubakar Bin Muhammad) : Boko Haram's Renegade Warlord

Part-theologian; Part-gangsterAbu Muhammad Abubakar Bin Muhammad (aka Shekau), leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, is frequently depicted as fearless, a loner, complex as well as inconsistent. Skekau is also described as a religious intellectual, yet also a gangster and vigilante as well as a mad leader rumoured to have escaped from the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri during the 1990s. To add to his description, Ahmed Salkida, a local journalist with access to Boko Haram, says that he has a photographic memory and is well versed in theology. Irrespective of all these descriptions, Shekau secured his reputation by releasing frequent videos, and it is through this publicity that he established his self-defined personality as a brutal leader who is fighting a holy war; a leader who has risen from the dead several times; and a leader who rejects any alternatives to his perspectives, be it within Boko Haram or in Nigeria:"until we soak the ground of Nigeria with…

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