I have not seen my son for 15 years, mother of Boko haram leader

Mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, speaks
Falmata Abubakar the mother of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of
Boko Haram, granted her first media interview to VOA, saying she
has not seen her son in 15 years. .
The interview took placein the village of Shekau, Yobe state. The
report published by VOA revealed that Mr Shekau’s late father was
the Imam of the village Mosque before his death.
Ms Abubakar said she had no idea where her son was or his
situation. “I don’t know whether he is dead or alive, only God
knows, I have not seen him in the last 15 years,” she said.
She said Mr Shekau left the village for Maiduguri, the Borno state
capital as a young boy in search of Islamic knowledge. She said he
was an “almajiri boy” who walks around the streets of Maiduguri
looking for food. .
She said it was in the course of seeking Islamic knowledge that her
son came into contact with the founder of Boko Haram,
Mohammed Yusuf. She said the late Boko Haram leader was the
one who indoctrinated her son.
“I did not set my eyes on him since he came into contact with
Mohammed Yusuf,” she said. “I know he is my son, and everyone
knows a mother’s love for her son, but our attitude to life is
different,” she said.
She also said “He has put so many people in serious difficulty, I
pray that God guides him right”. Ms Falmata said she will not
curse his son, saying “he has chosen a path different from the one
we put him on, only God knows what he has become now”.
Mr Shekau took leadership of the group after the death of its
founder, Mr Yusuf, who was killed in police custody.


  1. Sorry

  2. what a pity

  3. Help find him and bring him to book

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