“I don’t know whether he is dead or alive, only God knows, I have not seen him in the last 15 years,” Falmata Abubakar, the mother of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the deadly Boko Haram terrorist group, said in an interview with Voice of America (VOA).
According to VOA, Shekau’s mother was interviewed in a village called Shekau, located in Yobe State.
Shekau is well known for his gruesome leadership of the terrorist sect. Boko Haram so far has caused the deaths of thousands of people in Nigeria, and surrounding nations like; Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.
Falmata said that her little boy left the village for Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, in search of Islamic knowledge as an “almajiri boy”.
It was however in the course of seeking Islamic knowledge that he (Shekau) met late Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
“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 added.
Even with the obvious gory evil and the blood of tens of thousands whose death Shekau is responsible for, her love for him still prevails as she noted that she will not place any curse upon him, saying that “he has chosen a path different from the one we put him on, only God knows what he has become now”.
She also said; “he has put so many people in serious difficulties, I pray that God guides him right”.
This is apparently the first time any of Shekau’s close relative would speak to the media about him.
His late father was said to be the imam of the village in Yobe State where he is from before his death.