Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, says, contrary to previous claims, the Nigerian military has not been able to kill the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau. The Minister stated this when he spoke with state house correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the villa in Abuja.
“I believe it is just a matter of time. It took America about seven to ten years to get Bin Laden. So. we will get Shekau as soon as possible. The sect’s spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised. He (Shekau) is on the run. He may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa Forest which we are dominating. We have opened up the place. We are using the place as a training area.
The Army engineers will open up roads and we shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau.”he said He added that identifying and arresting Shekau has become difficult because most of the terrorists now wear mask “These insurgents have a way of putting on mask.
There could be so many but we are looking for the real one. They have been using mask to portray Shekau in one incidents or the other to give an impression that he has been killed so that we will relax. But we will not relax, we are on him” he said.