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The Cat With 9 Lives: Revealing The Truth Behind Abubakar Shekau's Many Fake Deaths

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Since the start of terrorism in Nigeria, which was launched in 2002 by the dreaded Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Whale-Jihad, it means "people who are committed to spreading the teachings of the Prophet and of Jihad.

(The villagers gave their members 'Boko Haram' a mixture of the Hausa word 'Boko', which literally means 'western education', and the Arabic word 'haram', which figuratively means 'sin'). Nigeria is torn between building a humble modern society and endless war.

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The group formally started in 2009 to establish an Islamic State within the sovereign state of Nigeria, and in 2014, under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, declared a caliphate in some of the areas under his control in Nigeria, although that most of these areas have been taken over by the military.

In 2009, Boko Haram launched multiple attacks on police facilities and other government buildings in Maiduguri, Borno State. The army went into action and, as expected, the group fell under the higher power of the army. There were shootings such as battles in the streets of Maiduguri and hundreds of Boko Haram members were killed while most of the town's residents fled.

Mohammed Yusuf, who was the cult leader at the time, was captured by the Nigerian military, the Army managed to attack and capture the cult headquarters.

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Yusuf was shown on state television and the military owned a gold mine when he was arrested. Shortly afterwards, the military announced the death of the Boko Haram leader and, according to the military, he died in custody. After Yusuf died and other members were eliminated, the military declared Boko Haram over, but they never predicted that the monster they killed had more than 12 other heads.

As expected, the fighters regrouped under Abubakar Shekau, who took command after Yusuf's death, he then declared Gwoza, one of their conquered cities, the caliphate and seat of power.

Every now and then he denounced Nigeria as a country and declared allegiance to the newly found caliphate he had created. So began the reign of terror and nothing prevented Shekau from extending the borders of his newly established caliphate to other cities in Nigeria.

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On April 9, 2020, news leaked that the terrible Shekau had been killed by the Chadian army. This was not surprising and instead of cheering, the areas once occupied by terrorists were still grim as residents resumed their normal activities.

Why, you might ask, but residents shouldn't be blamed as the same messages have been broadcasted more than 5 times. Shekau's death has been reported five times and each time he reappears to the dismay of the security forces and Nigerians in general.

When their headquarters was attacked and burned down by the Nigerian military in 2009, Sheakau was reportedly killed in the attack along with his leader Yusuf. When Yusuf was captured alive and then killed, less than a year later, he appeared by surprise and was announced as the new leader.

In August 2013, the Nigerian military again announced that he was fatally injured during a raid on one of their hideouts in the Sambisa Forest. Much to the disbelief and shock of the military and Nigerians as a whole, video was shown of a man who was strongly suspected of being Shekau mocking the army headquarters for his death. He said he was downcast and heartbroken and did not die as advertised.

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In the battle of Kodunga in Borno State in 2014, Shekau portrayed himself as a cat with nine lives.

As usual, the military announced that Shekau had been killed. This battle lasted from September 12 to 14 and the Boko Haram insurgents suffered one of their worst casualties when the army swept away scores of trucks with weapons and ammunition.

Photographs of the dead have polluted the Internet with most unrecognizable because of the extreme force used by the Nigerian military. As usual, Shekau released another video in October of the same year (2014) in which he announced himself as a cat of nine lives and cursed the military for deceiving the public about his death.

In 2015, Chadian President Idriss Déby announced that Shekau had been assassinated and replaced by one of his deputies, Mahamat Daoud. Little was given to how this was known, but as expected, the shy Shekau grunted his head again shortly after and made another audio recording a few days later.

He suspended the information and declared himself leader again. On August 19, 2016, the Nigerian Air Force launched a massive airstrike in the village of Taye, Borno State. Shekau was again declared dead because the millitary claimed he was shot by a sniper during the strike.

A month later - in September 2016 - he shot another video that silenced rumors of his death. As the army and Nigerians believed the dreaded Shekau had given up his terrorist activities, he struck again on June 27, 2017, kidnapping several policewomen who were in a convoy with civilians in Borno State.

In February 2020, days after Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami released a statement that the Nigerian government will attempt to limit each mobile phone user to the use of only three Sims, all registered for the same person.

Shekau threatened the minister and asked why such guidelines should be applied. He recalled famous Salafi clergyman Sheikh Jaafar Adam who was killed in his Kano mosque and threatened that such a fate awaited anyone who would question his motives, Christian or Muslim.

On April 1, 2020, Shekau repeated several threatening messages to the Chadian president. This happened after most of its men were destroyed by heavy gunfire by the Chadian superior army. A week prior, Boko Haram ambushed and killed more than 80 Chadian soldiers, prompting the president to wage a war of revenge that caused so much damage to the Boko Haram sect.

Over the audio, a shocked Shekau promised the president that he would come back for him and his people. He also advised his followers to stay strong.

We see on several occasions that his death has been announced and when he is found alive, we compare it to the death of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and more recently to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. killed by the United States.

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We can't quickly forget how the Nigerian military presented the Boko Haram flag to President Buhari in December 2016 to announce the end of the uprising, but we have since seen a sustained wave of terrorist activity.

As we can see, we have witnessed some engagement of the Chadian and Nigerian armies. We need to deepen the commitment of the government led by Buhari to end this war. An army general - Major General Olusegun Adeniyi - was recently replaced to demand more military logistics and welfare for his soldiers.

If we are serious, the military should continue to look inward and solve its internal problems. Also, care should be taken not to raise false hopes like the announcement of short-lived victories, but as the United States they need to aim and strike with precision and ensure that the hydro-head monster Mohammed Shekau is terminated.

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