CHADIAN leader Idriss Deby yesterday fueled the speculation that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead when he said the sect has a new leader who is ready to negotiate with the Federal Government.
Deby gave the new leader’s name as Mahamat Daoud while addressing the press in the capital N’Djamena on the 55th anniversary of Chad’s independence from France. He however advised the Nigerian government not to succumb to pressure to hold talks with the militants.
“There is someone apparently called Mahamat Daoud who is said to have replaced Abubakar Shekau and he wants to negotiate with the Nigerian government. “For my part, I would advise not to negotiate with a terrorist,” the president said.
Controversy has dogged claims by the Nigerian military that Shekau is dead, as the sect had repeatedly claimed that the dreaded leader is alive. Shekau had always appeared in videos disparaging Nigerian leaders and the military.
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