The Mother of the leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, Falmata Abubakar has given her first media interview, when she spoke with the Voice of America VOA, in the village of Shekau, Yobe State.
The VOA was able to talk to her when the elders of the community took them to the woman. The Woman granted them access for an interview and explained some things about her notorious son.
She said Shekau’s father was the Imam of the village Mosque before his death. She mentioned Shekau left the village to the city as a young boy in search of Islamic knowledge.
He was an “almajiri” boy who walks around the street of Maiduguri looking for food. It was in this course of seeking Islamic knowledge that her son came in contact with the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, who indoctrinated him she said.
I did not set my eyes on him since he came in contact with Mohammed Yusuf she added.
She explained that her son has put a lot of people in serious difficulty, she said she still loves him as a mother but their attitude to life is different, she said.
I will not curse him, he has chosen a path different from the one we put him on, Only God knows what he has become. She said.
Abubakar Shekau is the leader of the deadly group responsible for the death of tens of thousands of people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
He has personally carried out a lot of executions of different people, and also carried out so many raids leading to the death and destruction of many towns and villages across the northeastern part of Nigeria.