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New Boko Haram Leader is Chadian.



The man who report­edly replaced Abuba­kar Shekau as the leader of the Boko Haram sect is a national of the Re­public of Chad, this indica­tion emerged on Friday.

One Mahamat Daoud was given as the new lead­er of the insurgents by Chadian President Idriss Derby, to replace Shekau who the Nigerian military claimed was dead. Shek­au has not also been seen in recent video released by Boko Haram.

President Derby had at a news conference to commemorate Chad’s 55th Independence anni­versary at N’Djamena, the capital last Wednesday said the group now has a new leader.

“There is someone ap­parently called Mahamat Daoud who is said to have replaced Abubakar Shek­au and wants to negotiate with the Nigerian govern­ment,” he said at the press conference though he did not disclose his source of the information.

However, a Chadian who resides at Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and has been following Boko Haram activities in his home-country in recent times told Sun­day Sun the man named as the new Boko Haram helmsman is ‘very likely’ a Chadian.

“Mahamat is no doubt a Chadian. If the name given by our president is his real identity, then he’s a Chadian.

I think it will be easier to properly identify him if Boko Haram shows him in their next video,” the source said. Another source that has a fair knowledge and identi­ties of most Boko Haram leaders especially from 2008 also told Sunday Sun that the new leader has not been known.

“This name is strange to us. No such name has ever featured among Boko Haram leaders.

He may be those who joined later from Chad, or could be one of the con­tacts with other members outside Nigeria.

“From the spelling of his name, he’s certainly not a Borno person. His name is spelt differently from ours: you can’t place him as an Hausa-Fulani person, Kanuri, Shuwa or Margi, neither can you get such names among the Babrus or the Gwoza’s nu­merous tribes,” the source maintained.

A University of Mai­duguri lecturer, Dr Mo­hammed Gujbawu who has also been engaged in research work on Boko Haram said though the group draws its member­ship from different states in the north, names like Mahamat Daoud have semblance with Chadians.

“The leadership of Boko Haram cut across regions and states especially in the north, the name of the said new leaders ap­pears to be that of Chad,” Gujbawu, who is also the Head of Department of Mass Communication, said.

He however faulted Derby’s pronouncement, saying it was curious. “Why should he be the one to announce Boko Haram new leader? What is his in­terest and what is his real role in this Boko Haram thing?” he queried.

He said Nigerian author­ity ought to investigate the Chadian leader as his role in failed negotiation with a faction of Boko Haram early this year called for concern.

He also insisted Boko Haram known leader Shekau was dead. “From all indications, especially with this supposed new leader, Shekau is no lon­ger alive” he said.

A military source while assessing the impulse of President Derby’s an­nouncement on the coun­ter-insurgency operation and regional military co­operation said it “could help weaken the ranks and file of Boko Haram as it may fuel leadership tussle and subsequently affect Boko Haram’s sup­posed cohesion.”

Culled from sun news online.