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Mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, speaks for the first time



Falmata Abubakar, the mother of dreaded Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has spoken up about her son for the first time.

Mrs. Abubakar in an interview with Voice of America, VOA,  said she hasn't set eyes on Shekau in 15 years. According to VOA, 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 Shekau left the village for Maiduguri, the Borno state capital as a young boy in search of Islamic knowledge. He was an “almajiri boy” who walks around the streets of Maiduguri looking for food. She said her son came in contact with the late founder of Boko Haram, Yusuf Mohammed in the course of seeking Islamic knowledge. 
The late Boko Haram leader then indoctrinated her son, who took over from him after he was killed in police custody.

 I did not set eyes on him since he came in contact with Mohammed Yusuf. Yes he is my son and every mother loves her son, but we have different characters,” she said. “He brought a lot of problem to many people. Where can I meet him to tell him that these things he is doing is very bad? He brought many problems to many people, but I am praying for God to show him the good way.”

Falmata said she will not curse him, 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.

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