The Abubakar Shekau seen in a May 2014 video
The Abubakar Shekau who appeared in another video recording in 2013
It is interesting to note that in the hyperlink embedded above, two long-term residents of Maiduguri who knew the original Abubakar Shekau when he used to reside in the Gwange area of the metropolis, also do not believe that this is Abubakar Shekau they had encountered closely.
This is contrary to the view held by American intelligence officials that “they have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the recent video or that the individual who appears in it is Mr. Shekau.”
At this time when it is fashionable for the Western media not to give the Nigerian military and security forces credit for anything at all, it might be pertinent to re-examine this issue. The deputy leader of the sect was also killed at Bama sometime last year after emergency rule had been proclaimed in three states of the federation.