The alleged death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has elicited mixed reactions among Nigerians.
Reports say Shekau allegedly blew himself up to avoid being captured alive by the Islamic State West Africa Province, a rival rebel party (ISWAP).
The report of his death, however, elicited both doubt and excitement from Nigerians who demanded to see his body, given that the Boko Haram leader had previously been reported dead.
Nigerian and Chadian forces claimed to have killed Shekau at various points in 2009, 2013, and 2014.
Some of the reactions to latest reports of the Boko Haram leader’s death.
@OgbeniDapo said, “Abubakar Shekau has reportedly been killed like 4 times before. We want to see his dead body, before he wakes up and makes a crazy video taunting the country and our Army again in 2 weeks. If indeed he is dead, may his soul rot in hell.
@bulamabukarti said, “For those reaching out to me, I’m keeping tabs on the multiple reports that Shekau has been killed by ISWAP. The news is becoming more and more likely, but not yet definitive from my side. If the longest lasting terrorist leader has been killed, that will be a huge turning point”.