Fresh doubts have been cast on the claims by the President of Chad, Idris Deby that Boko Haram has a new leader who has taken over from Ababakar Shekau who he said has been killed. President Deby gave the name of the new leader as Mahamat Daoud.
Though the once very vocal Abuhakar Shekau has been silent since March when an audio recording was released by Boko Haram where it pledged loyalty to IS, not much facts is in public domain on whether his is alive or dead.
Now, a journalist who has reported extensively on the activities of Boko Haram, Ahmed Salkida, says that Shekau is still alive.
“Idris Deby is wrong now as before when he deceived former President Jonathan in phantom negotiation. Shekau is alive and leads ISWAP or BH.” Mr. Salkida posted.
President Deby in his statement on Tuesday, August 11, said the new leader, Mahamat Daoud is open for negotiation.
Whether or not Shakau is alive, the recent move of the Chadian leader is consistent with his previous claim to be negotiating a ceasefire deal with the Boko Haram terrorists which turned out to be false and a huge national embarrassment during the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.