Falmata, the mother of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, says she does not know if her son is dead or alive.
Shekau’s mother, who made this comment during an interview with the Hausa Service, stressed that she saw her son last fifteen (15) years ago.
Falmata said her son he left the village for Maiduguri, Borno state capital, in search of Islamic knowledge, where he met with Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the sect, and thereafter stayed away from her.
Her words: “I don’t know whether he is dead or alive, only God knows. I have not seen him in the last 15 years,” she said during an interview which took place in Shekau, a village in Yobe state.
“I did not set my eyes on him since he came into contact with Mohammed Yusuf.
“I know he is my son, and everyone knows a mother’s love for her son, but our attitude to life is different… He has thrown many people into disasters. Where can I find him to draw his attention? He has thrown many people into violence, but I ask God to guide me”, she added.
A report by VOA said the villagers said they were often living in fear of being linked to the Boko Haram leader.
This online medium recalls that Shekau served as deputy leader to Yusuf until the Boko Haram founder was executed in 2009.
Since becoming the leader of the sect, the Nigerian military has reported him dead on several occasions but the insurgent leader appeared in videos to debunk the claim and embarrass the authorities.
The insurgent leader coordinated the kidnap of 276 female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, in 2014. Over 100 of the girls are yet to be accounted for till date.
In 2012, the Nigerian government offered N290 million cash reward for any information that could lead to Shekau’s arrest.
One year later, the United States declared Boko Haram a terrorist organisation and placed a $7 million bounty on Shekau.
In February 2018, the Nigerian army also volunteered to give N3 million to anyone who could provide information on him.