Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and of recent, Abu-bakr Al-Baghdadi of ISIS to mention but a few. These men have left their footprints in the sand of time, albeit, these are prints most of the human race would prefer to erase or remember to forget in a hurry.
In this present age, the activities of the Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi led ISIS and the Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram has shown that events in human history are cyclic in nature, i.e., they are repetitions. One thing is common to all living things: the strong will always prey on the weak. All of these men have made a name for themselves in the history books, but amongst these enigmatic Homo sapiens that suffer from acute bellicosity, Abubakar Shekau stands out.
Nature has apportioned to all living things to die but once, but according to the Nigerian military, nature cannot be right all the time. Thus, they have single handedly awarded Shekau immortality status by making him the only man apart from Lord Jesus Christ to resurrect from the dead. Shekau even went one better by resurrecting not just once, but at least twice and the pessimists among us are thinking that if care is not taken he may do it a couple more times.
Having brought so much sorrow to so many families as the butcher-master general of Boko Haram in 2014 alone, asking for his previous work experience will be a very foolish act indeed. Apart from his sponsors and those sympathetic to his course, most consider him to dine at the same table with the devil, hence, our joy knew no bound when in August last year after already declaring Shekau dead in 2009 the military came out and told the world that he finally died between the 25th and 30th of July 2013 as a result of wounds sustained in the epic battle of sambisa forest. Did he stay dead? To our greatest consternation and bewilderment, he came out in a series of videos mocking the government, making caricature of the dreaded Nigeria army and promising more goodies, and, he was true to his words. Shekau failed to learn from history.
If there is one thing to learn from past dictators and terrorists, it is that evil in whatever form will never prevail over good. Like the devil his boss, after some gains at the battlefield, he actually began to think that he was immortal and wants to sit at the throne, but in most cases, a battle may or may not determine a war. As the Nigerian army finally got its groove back with a series of comprehensive victories, the tide changed and it became too obvious that Shekau was actually mortal.
Few days ago, there were claims and counter claims between the Nigeria military and their counterparts in Cameroon after the Cameroonian military came out to say that they have finally sent shekau to be with his forefathers. Based on previous experiences, most of us are taking this news with a pinch of salt, but one striking thing about their claim is that unlike the Nigeria military, they have pictures as a proof. Some will say that in this era of computer wizardry and Photoshop, anything is possible.
If truly he is dead, who killed him is inconsequential; majority will shed no tears, even though according to the great James Hadley Chase, “it is lonely when you are dead”, we pray he remains dead this time.
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