He is still My son- Shekau's Mother speaks of Him (Jeremy Spell Blog)

Falmata spoke with Hausa service of the
Voice of America (VOA) in the village of
Shekau, Yobe state.
Quoting a report published on Thursday,
June 14 by the VOA, Premium Times said
Shekau’s late father was the Imam of the
village mosque before his death while
Falmata said she had no idea where her
son was or his situation.
Falmata Abubakar. Credit: Premium Times
“I don’t know whether he is dead or alive,
only God knows, I have not seen him in the
last 15 years,” she reportedly said adding
that Shekau left the village for Maiduguri,
the capital of Borno state as a young boy in
search of Islamic knowledge.
She added that the leader of the Boko
Haram sect was an ‘almajiri boy’ who walks
around the streets of Maiduguri looking for
According to her, it was in the course of
seeking Islamic knowledge that Shekau
came into contact with the founder of Boko
Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, who
indoctrinated her son.
“I did not set my eyes on him since he came
into contact with Mohammed Yusuf.
“I know he is my son, and everyone knows
a mother’s love for her son, but our attitude
to life is different.
“He has put so many people in serious
difficulty, I pray that God guides him right,”
she said adding that she will not curse his
“He has chosen a path different from the
one we put him on, only God knows what
he has become now,” she said.

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