|Abubakar Shekau faisal|
Abubakar Shekau (May 2014)
|Known for||Emir of Boko Haram|
|Preceded by||Mohammed Yusuf|
|Battles/wars||Nigerian Sharia conflict
2009 Nigerian sectarian violence
Abubakar Shekau, also known by the alias Darul Tawheed ("the abode of monotheism") (Arabic: دار التوحيد), is an Islamist leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. He served as deputy leader to the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was killed in 2009. Nigerian authorities believed that Shekau was killed in 2009 during clashes between security forces and Boko Haram until July 2010 when he appeared in a video claiming leadership of the group.
In videos Shekau posts online, he often boasts about his invincibility, mocks various armies and states that he "cannot be stopped" and "cannot die except by the will of Allah". He has also boasted about being in possession of armoured tanks and other combat vehicles. He frequently speaks about the Quran in his online videos.
Since June 2013, the U.S. State Department has a standing reward of US$7 million for information leading to Shekau's capture through its Rewards for Justice program. The Nigerian army has additionally offered a ₦50 million reward (approximately US$300,000) for Shekau.
Shekau survived being shot in the leg during an attempt on his life by Nigerian security forces. He has taken credit for the kidnapping of over 200 school girls in April 2014. Since his near death, he has increased his violent attacks. Shekau has announced that the kidnapped girls have been converted to Islam. He has claimed to be waging a jihad against Christianity. His online videos frequently depict anti-American rhetoric and he had made multiple threats to attack the U.S.
Shekau was born in the Republic of Niger, although it has also been claimed that he was born in Shekau village in Yobe State of Nigeria. It is unclear how old he is with speculation suggesting he is 34 or 35; some have said he is 43 years old. He has married one of Muhammad Yusuf's four wives.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Abubakar Shekau.|
- Boko Haram: Its Beginnings, Principles and Activities in Nigeria, PDF: Islamic Studies Department, University of Bayero.
- National Counterterrorism Center: Profile Abubakar Shekau