Homeland Security

Boko Haram Leader Pops Up Again After Purported Death

The leader of Boko Haram is apparently pretty hard to kill.

Abubakr Shekau was reported to have been killed by forces fighting the Nigerian terror group in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015 — all followed by audio or video of the terror leader proclaiming he was still alive.

Last month, the Nigerian Air Force said they mortally wounded the terror leader in airstrikes.

On Sunday, Shekau released a new video declaring, “I am alive and healthy.”

“But you should know that were my days of living over, you wouldn’t have seen me here,” he added. “So many people live even when they are wanted dead, and so also people die when they should have lived. Prophet Muhammad had been tested with similar hatred because of the religion of Allah.”

He told the Nigerian government to “keep doing all your evil planning” and stressed “we are not sociologist, we are Quranists, and we follow the Hadith and those who came before us.”

“We are fools as people but the Quran is what is guiding us and that is why you couldn’t defeat us and we are sure of that.”

Shekau accused Nigerians of thinking “democracy is a religion” and said President Muhammadu Buhari is “worshipping cows.”

“What we believe in is the Quran and we do not know anything apart from that. Anytime we say Allah, all of you will not live in peace,” he said.

The terror leader warned the Muslim president, “Continue and see, one day you will not even be able to go to the toilet …but if you repent, then you are a brother. Repent and follow the Quran.”

Shekau added a dig at the 898-day Bring Back Our Girls campaign focused on the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

“People of Chibok, let me tell you today, you still have to prepare for a longer Bring Back Our girls campaign,” he said. “If you want your girls, bring back our brothers.”

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS last year. The Islamic State now calls the Nigerian terror outlet its West Africa province.

In his United Nations General Assembly address last week, Buhari simply said Nigeria “has made remarkable progress in our resolve to defeat Boko Haram, whose capacity to launch orchestrated attacks as a formed group has been severely depleted.”

“In the last few months their operation has been limited to…improvised explosive devices against soft targets,” Buhari said. “Nigeria has continued to combat terrorism based on the established rules of engagement and in conformity with international best practices.”

Reacting to the new Shekau video, Nigerian army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said they would “like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism as it was known is gone for good.”

“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable,” Usman said. “The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people. The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that nobody should be bothered with the contents of the video clip.”